Ailing Yu Darvish hospitalized amid coronavirus concerns
Yu Darvish removed himself from a scheduled spring training start Thursday and was admitted to a hospital over concerns about the coronavirus.
The Chicago Cubs pitcher issued a series of tweets in Japanese from his hospital bed, where he is undergoing tests and treatment. In one dispatch, Darvish indicated he “couldn’t be certain” whether or not he had contracted the coronavirus.
While it’s unlikely Darvish has contracted COVID-19, his decision to stay away from the clubhouse was presumably done with an overabundance of caution.
As of now, the Cubs pitcher is only being considered the latest member of the team recently diagnosed with the flu, joining new manager David Ross, pitcher Jose Quintana and second baseman Jason Kipnis
Darvish is of course a native of Japan where cases of the coronavirus have reached 1,023, 706 of which stem from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was under quarantine in Yokohama Bay for several weeks. He admitted earlier this week that he is “really worried about” the coronavirus outbreak.
Darvish’s situation comes amid news this week that Major League Baseball issued a memo to all 30 teams on Tuesday laying out how it is “developing recommendations to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at ballparks.”
The Pittsburgh Pirates, meanwhile, exceeded MLB’s current recommendations earlier this week by sanitizing the team’s entire spring training facility in Bradenton, Fla., after a man in the same county was designated as a “presumptive positive” for contracting the coronavirus.
While MLB has no plans at this point in time to cancel any games, the league presumably is monitoring the situation closely and will be able to respond accordingly if circumstances require it.