Red Sox quarantine two players as coronavirus precaution

A pair of Taiwanese players were kept from camp in an “overabundance of caution.”

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The Boston Red Sox quarantined infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, a native of Taiwan, for one day.

The Boston Red Sox quarantined infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, a native of Taiwan, for one day.

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Chih-Jung Liu arrived at Boston Red Sox camp last week from his native Taiwan ready to begin his career in the United States. After the right-handed pitcher impressed scoutsduring the Asian Games, hesigneda deal that includeda $750,000 bonus.

Except, he hasn’t seen much aside from the inside of his hotel room because he’s been quarantined as a result of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, according to the Boston Globe.

A Red Sox spokesman told the Globe the team was exercising an “overabundance of caution” with Liu. Of the more than 80,000 confirmed cases across the world, most are located in Asia. However, 57 cases are present in the U.S., compared to 32 in Taiwan. 

Liu wrote on his Facebook page that he has passed the time lifting weights and reading about his new team, per the Globe. He added that he feels fine and expects to join the Red Sox on Saturday.

Boston also briefly quarantined infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, another native of Taiwan, when he arrived earlier this month.

“I had been here for a week and they said I needed to go back to my apartment,” Lin told the Globe. “I was fine. I stayed away for one day and that was it.”

Read more at usatoday.com

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