White Sox’ Jose Abreu tests positive for coronavirus

White Sox’ Jose Abreu tests positive for coronavirus

The White Sox’ Jose Abreu has tested positive for coronavirus and will be away from the team’s spring training camp for the next several days. | Tony Dejak/AP

The 2020 AL MVP is asymptomatic. The White Sox expect him to join the team in “not too distant future.”

GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu will be away from the team’s spring training complex for the next several days due to a positive coronavirus test, general manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday morning.

Abreu is asymptomatic.

“In compliance with MLB intake protocols, José Abreu will remain away from the club for the next several days due to a positive COVID test,” Hahn said. “José, who is completely asymptomatic, believes he contracted a mild case of the disease in January, which is reinforced by the presence of COVID antibodies in additional testing.

“Other than being frustrated, José feels great and, like the rest of us, is looking forward to when he rejoins the club in the not too distant future.”

Abreu won the American League Most Valuable Player award in 2020.

On Monday, the first day for full squad workouts at spring training, the Sox said Abreu’s arrival would be delayed due to additional coronavirus antibody testing, and that he was expected to be in camp on Wednesday.

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