Red Sox prospect quarantined because of coronavirus concerns

Tanya Simon
February 27, 2020

A top prospect for the Boston Red Sox who had just arrived from Taiwan, has been placed in quarantine to guard against possible Coronavirus infection.

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

According to the newspaper, Liu wrote on his Facebook page that he was receiving three meals a day, doing some weight training and going on runs while he awaits the all-clear. The New York Post cited Lin as saying "I had been here for a week and they said I needed to go back to my apartment".

But, with 80,000 people infected with coronavirus globally - and more than 2,600 deaths - the Red Sox say they're using "an overabundance of caution" in how they approach the situation. which is why Liu is holed up in Fort Myers. When asked if he would return a couple weeks after Opening Day, Verdugo responded, "Yeah, I think a couple weeks". He flew from Taiwan to San Francisco and then to Fort Myers last week.

The team also briefly quarantined infielder Tzu-Wei Lin earlier this month. Most of the cases have occurred in Asia but only 32 in Taiwan; there have been 57 confirmed cases in the United States.

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Meanwhile, U.S. health officials warned Tuesday that it's only a matter of time until the virus begins to spread inside the United States.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the US has only seen limited numbers of victims.

The Sox signed Liu to a $750,000 bonus after he wowed Major League Baseball scouts during the Asian Games.

Teams sending players away from their teammates to combat the potential spread of illness is not uncommon, especially during spring training when hundreds of players are in close proximity to each other for six weeks.

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