Yankees minor-leaguer tests positive for coronavirus, first known case in baseball

Matt Weyrich
NBC Sports Washington

Coronavirus has already canceled spring training and postponed the start of the regular season, but on Sunday multiple reports confirmed that a professional baseball player tested positive for the disease.

An unidentified minor-leaguer in the New York Yankees' organization tested positive for COVID-19 after running a fever Friday morning and subsequently being quarantined, ESPN reported.

The player attended the Yankees' minor-league camp in Tampa Bay, Florida, this spring and didn't work on the majors' side of the facility.

The case marks the first known positive test of a baseball player. MLB now joins the NBA, which has three confirmed cases, and the Champions League, with one, as the only professional sports leagues dealing with active cases.

New York plays in the Grapefruit League, the same spring training league that the Nationals and Orioles compete in.

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