Detroit Tigers player, staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The Detroit Tigers have had a player and a staff member who tested positive for the new coronavirus, general manager Al Avila said in a video conference on Wednesday.

Ávila did not identify the player or the staff member.

“They are going through the recovery process.” Avila said.

The positive player did not rely on the team’s spring training facility in Lakeland, Florida, Ávila said. The staff member is not a baseball operations employee.

The news of the COVID-19 diagnostics comes a week before the Tigers show up to train at Comerica Park for a shortened 60-game season in the MLB. The season is expected to start on July 23 or 24.

Spring training closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 120,000 people in the United States and nearly 6,100 in Michigan. According to Johns Hopkins University data, there have been 2.4 million cases of COVID-19 in the US. USA, with almost 750,000 people in recovery.

This story will be updated.