Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez, bench coach George Lombard test positive for COVID-19

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PITTSBURGH — Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez and bench coach George Lombard tested positive for COVID-19.

Both are vaccinated and experienced symptoms.

The Tigers will also be without pitching coach Chris Fetter, quality control coach Josh Paul and bullpen catcher Jeremy Carroll because of contact-tracing. The organization received the results of its latest batch of COVID-19 tests Monday morning, ahead of a three-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.

"There are no more symptoms floating around," Hinch said Monday. "Our players have been incredible. We have 100% player participation in the COVID vaccine, so we are really good about that. We were the first team to go unmasked back in April.

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Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez (77) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during sixth inning action at Comerica Park Thursday, August 19, 2021.
Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez (77) pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during sixth inning action at Comerica Park Thursday, August 19, 2021.

"But we see that it's not perfect. There's still some breakthrough positives that can happen. The way we've handled it. The way the testing has gone, for as much power as we have, we feel good about it. Are more tests going to be done? Yes. Are we going to pay close attention to any sort of symptoms? Of course."

Jimenez and Lombard will be out for at least 10 days.

Shortly after Opening Day, a "majority" of the team's players, coaches and trainers accepted the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine through corporate sponsors McLaren Health Care. As of now, every player on the roster is vaccinated.

This story will be updated.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.

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