Detroit Tigers pitcher from Taiwan has not been quarantined over fears of coronavirus
LAKELAND, Fla. — Shao-Ching Chiang, a Detroit Tigers pitcher from Taiwan who is in spring training with the team, said Friday he has not been quarantined for the coronavirus, but he did not have any concerns about the virus.
“He has no problem with quarantine,” Chiang said through an interpreter. “Everything was smooth. He wasn’t quarantined.”
Chiang, a 26-year-old right-hander, said he traveled to the United States on Feb. 11, when pitchers and catchers reported for spring training.
Coronavirus was first detected in China in mid-December. The outbreak of the respiratory disease has spread worldwide, with more than 83,000 infected in 53 countries. More than 2,800 people have died.
Chiang is from Hualien County in eastern Taiwan, and he said he doesn’t have any family or friends who have been infected with the virus. On Friday, two more cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Taiwan, bringing the total number of people infected on the island to 34.
“In his hometown, everything is OK, there’s no problem with that,” Chiang’s interpreter said. “Everyone is healthy over there. No one was infected.”
Tigers spokesman Ron Colangelo said Chiang’s health, as well as that of every player, is checked regularly by the team’s medical staff.
“There are universal precautions taken with all of our players,” Colangelo wrote in an email to the Free Press. “We have a team doctor on site every day during Spring Training to monitor the well being of all personnel.”
The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday said they have not quarantined Chih-Jung Liu, a minor-league pitcher from Taiwan.
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