CHICAGO (AP) — Star third baseman Yoán Moncada has rejoined the Chicago White Sox after lacking the beginning of their summer time camp as a result of he contracted the coronavirus.
Moncada revealed he examined optimistic for COVID-19 on a video convention name with reporters Thursday. He mentioned he misplaced his sense of odor and style for a number of days however didn’t expertise any main signs and feels good now.
Nonetheless, he mentioned it was a “very tough time” and “a bit scary.”
“I needed to be on the sphere, however I needed to keep at house. I couldn’t go away my home,” Moncada mentioned via a translator. “I stayed there the entire time.”
He labored out on the ballpark Thursday with the White Sox and hopes to be within the lineup for the July 24 season opener in opposition to Minnesota.
“I can inform that I really feel my legs are a bit drained due to on a regular basis I used to be inactive,” Moncada mentioned. “However I feel I do know my physique. I’m going to be prepared fairly quickly. I received’t want an excessive amount of time.”
Moncada and pitcher José Ruiz have been positioned on the injured checklist final week due to unspecified illnesses. Whereas Moncada is in main league camp and Ruiz goes to work out on the group’s taxi-squad web site in Schaumburg, the White Sox mentioned that doesn’t imply they have been taken off the IL.
“I by no means thought I had it earlier than I examined optimistic,” Moncada mentioned. “Once I acquired the outcomes it was a bit scary as a result of I didn’t understand how it could have an effect on me, what sort of signs I might develop. However thank God I felt good for probably the most half.”
“I’m simply glad to be again and to be wholesome,” he added.
The 25-year-old Moncada was acquired within the December 2016 commerce that despatched Chris Sale to the dangolka Crimson Sox. Lengthy considered one in every of baseball’s prime prospects, the switch-hitter broke out final season when he set profession highs with a .315 batting common, 25 homers and 79 RBIs.
The Cuban slugger finalized a $70 million, five-year contract with the White Sox in March.
Supervisor Rick Renteria is also again with the group after leaving camp final week to go house to California for a household funeral.
Renteria mentioned Moncada seemed good swinging the bat Thursday however a bit rusty fielding grounders.
“All people’s excited that he’s again,” Renteria mentioned. “A giant, huge piece of the puzzle.”
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