Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander acknowledged Wednesday morning that he tested positive for Covid-19 and was quarantined for two weeks. Santander had been absent from Orioles’ summer training since it started on July 3, returning on Tuesday.
Another outfielder, Dwight Smith Jr., also has not participated in workouts. The Orioles said that if any players tested positive for the coronavirus, they would let them decide if they wanted to discuss it. No official explanation has been given for Smith’s absence.
Santander was tested on July 1. He said he’s not contagious and had mild symptoms.
“It was a surprise,” Santander said in a video conference call on Wednesday. He added that he had been experiencing symptoms for the last 3 1/2 weeks and had a fever for two days.
“Now, I have to work to try to get ready as soon as possible,” he said. Santander hopes to be ready for the July 24th opener against the Boston Red Sox, although manager Brandon Hyde expressed concern that he would be ready by then.
“Stay healthy, and I just have to build up, little-by-little,” Santander said. “I will do everything I can to be ready, see live pitches, playing some intrasquad, try to get ready.”
On Tuesday, the first day Santander was allowed to work out, he participated in some drills.
“Tony looked good yesterday,” Hyde said. “He took some batting practice, we did some light outfielder stuff, so pretty light workout. He’ll go through it again today, kind of similar, where he’s taking coaches’ batting practice, doing some cage stuff, doing some outfield drills, but happy with how he looked, and looked good today.
“We’ll continue to ramp him up. He tracked in the bullpen, also, to help get his timing back as fast as possible. He’ll continue to do that as well. He’ll be facing some live pitching shortly.”