Alex Verdugo injury: Red Sox outfielder gives latest timeline for his debut

Ross Houston
February 27, 2020

A Red Sox spokesman said the team was using "an overabundance of caution" with Liu because of the worldwide concern about the virus.

The 20-year-old right-hander is in his hotel room in Fort Myers, Florida, and says he feels fine.

The Red Sox are keeping Taiwanese pitching prospect Chih-Jung Liu away from the team's spring training facility to protect against the coronavirus, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reported Tuesday. He also wrote that he is being delivered three meals a day, doing weight training, and going for a run.

Liu is scheduled to be released from quarantine on Saturday if he doesn't show symptoms for the virus.

"I had been here for a week, and they said I needed to go back to my apartment". According to Abraham, the Sox also briefly quarantined Taiwanese infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, who has since joined the Red Sox and has appeared in major league spring training games.

"I was fine", he told the outlet". When asked if he would return a couple weeks after Opening Day, Verdugo responded, "Yeah, I think a couple weeks". There are 14 US cases of the virus, while several states are monitoring more than 1,000 people for symptoms of the disease, which emerged in China late previous year.

The US is screening global arrivals at major airports to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Liu flew from Taiwan to San Francisco to Fort Meyers, Florida, last week, according to the team.

"It's not so much of a question of if this will happen in this country anymore but a question of when this will happen", Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

"We are asking the American public to prepare in the expectation that this could be bad", she said.

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