Red Sox quarantine prospect Chih-Jung Liu over coronavirus concerns
The Boston Red Sox have quarantined pitching prospect Chih-Jung Liu over concerns about the developing coronavirus pandemic.
Liu, a 20-year-old pitcher from Taiwan, is currently holed up at a hotel in South Florida, according to Boston Globe report.
The Red Sox indicated Liu’s quarantine is an exercise in “an overabundance of caution,” and it’s reasonable to surmise the decision to do so may have been inspired to how he is now the second player the team has quarantined in the past few weeks.
Earlier this month, the Red Sox quarantined 26-year-old infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, who also hails from Taiwan.
“I had been here for a week and they said I needed to go back to my apartment,” Lin said. “I was fine. I stayed away for one day and that was it.”
Over 79,000 people have contracted the coronavirus worldwide. The CDC has confirmed 14 cases of coronavirus illness COVID-19 in the U.S. as of Feb. 24. Federal health officials on Tuesday issued an ominous warning about the heightened potential for a outbreak of the coronavirus on U.S. soil.
Concerning Liu, he is said to be keeping up by “watching information about the team” online. He has also been communicating with fans on Facebook while keeping active as possible by working out and jogging. It is expected that Liu will remain in extended spring training before an assignment to one of the Red Sox’s minor-league affiliates.