Red Sox Hopeful Quarantined in Florida over Coronavirus Fears

Ruben Hill
February 27, 2020

The 20-year-old right-hander is in his hotel room in Fort Myers, Florida, and says he feels fine.

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.

According to the outlet, Liu wrote on his Facebook page that he has been feeling fine and is not displaying any symptoms of the virus. He is otherwise spending his time online "watching information about the team" and reading.

A Red Sox spokesman told the Globe that they were using "an overabundance of caution" with Liu, as worldwide concern over the virus continues to grow.

According to the Globe, Liu flew from Taipei to San Francisco last week, then to Fort Myers, Fla., where he was supposed to join the rest of the team at spring training. The player told the Globe that he was asked to "go back to [his] apartment" when he arrived. "I stayed away for one day and that was it".

The Red Sox briefly quarantined infielder Tzu-Wei Lin, who also is from Taiwan, earlier in February.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Tuesday that there are 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with the bulk of cases having been diagnosed among evacuated passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was held off the coast of Japan for two weeks.

China, by far, still has the most cases and deaths from the illness, though its numbers have slowed recently.

The Sox signed Liu to a deal (with a $750k signing bonus) in late 2019, after he was clocked throwing a 98 miles per hour fastball. He is likely to stay in extended spring training before being assigned to a minor league team.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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