Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander said Wednesday that the reason for his absence at the start of Orioles training camp this summer was because he tested positive for coronavirus.
He hadn’t participated in workouts in recent weeks, but no one within the organization provided a reason why.
“I would like to start by letting you know that I did test positive for COVID-19 and was quarantined the past two weeks,” Santander said on a Zoom call Wednesday morning. “Now, I’m healthy, I’m not contagious. I’m happy to be back on the field with my teammates and I’m ready to workout.”
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Santander said he had mild symptoms, but now feels better and was able to rejoin the team this week.
The Orioles open their season on July 24 against the Red Sox, and both Hyde and Santander are optimistic they will be able to get him ready in time.
Last season for the Orioles, Santander slashed .261/.297/.476 and had 20 home runs and 59 RBIs in 93 games, his best as a professional. Santander played all three outfield positions for the Orioles last season.
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