(FILES) This file photo shows an aerial view of the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx through the window of an airplane in New York 9. October 2017. – A New York Yankees Minor League player tested positive for the corona virus, the team said, the first known case in baseball on March 15, 2020. The team did not identify the player under US privacy regulations, but said he was never present at the Florida spring training facility used by the Yankees Major League team and had no contact with any of the Yankees players. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)
A New York Yankees minor league player tested positive for the corona virus, the team said on Sunday, the first known case in baseball.
The team did not identify the player in accordance with US privacy regulations, but said that he was never present at the Yankees Major League Team's Florida Spring Training Facility and had no contact with any of the Yankees players
"He has never been here, nor has anyone been associated with him," said Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo.
Yankees Minor Leaguers train in a player development complex next to the gut, which is separate from the Major League complex in Tampa, Florida.
MLB has already announced that the planned start of the season on March 26 will be postponed by at least two weeks in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
They have canceled all spring training games, but the teams have individually decided whether they want to continue their informal exercises in their facilities before the season.
On Friday, the teams' 40-man rosters told players that they could stay at their team's training facility, travel to their team's hometown, or go to their homes out of season.
Yankees players voted to stay in Florida and exercise.
The Los Angeles Times reported that MLB sent a memo to its 30 clubs on Sunday that group training was "strongly discouraged" and social distance was emphasized to curb the spread of COVID-19. "
According to the newspaper, the recommendations were issued after the minor league player tested positive.
The Times reported that the player was tested after telling the club he had a fever on Friday morning.
Texas Rangers players, who also decided to stay at their Arizona spring training base for a week, packed on Sunday after the clubs received the memo.
"Some people go home, some go to Dallas, and some people who live here stay," right-wing player Joey Gallo told the Fort Worth Star telegram. "I still don't know what workouts will be. It's pretty much like in the off-season now."
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