Detroit Tigers' Matthew Boyd gets COVID-19 scare after helping injured man
Matthew Boyd, likely the Detroit Tigers’ Opening Day starter, had a coronavirus scare on Monday.
To illustrate the concerns of the virus, consider what he relayed to reporters on Wednesday night:
Two days ago, a family friend was mowing Boyd’s lawn and became injured while doing so. Boyd instinctively went to help him. But after the person went to the hospital to get his injuries treated, he learned that he tested positive for the coronavirus and contacted the Tigers’ lefty on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m.
“It was a really unique circumstance,” Boyd said.
When he learned of the person’s diagnosis — the person was asymptomatic — Boyd contacted the Tigers and did not work out because of protocol.
“Better safe than sorry,” Boyd said. “We gotta keep everybody safe here. We can’t allow everybody else to get sick because of what happened.”
Though Boyd missed his scheduled throw day — he was going to pitch opposite top prospect righty Casey Mize for live batting practice — it’s not likely he will miss his expected Opening Day assignment.
When asked if Boyd is the Tigers’ starter on July 24 against Cincinnati, manager Ron Gardenhire gave a wink-wink answer: “When we decide that he’s going to be the Opening Day (starter), then we’ll let you know. I can’t announce that right now, that he’s lined up to do that.”
Boyd said he will next pitch on Sunday, on three days rest. In Wednesday's intrasquad scrimmage, he threw 60 pitches over four innings. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out four and walked none.
“It was a good day, man,” Boyd said. “We worked it all in there.” He mentioned his slider as a positive, after making adjustments earlier in the game and finally coming together in the fourth inning. “It was really solid from there,” he said.