(Cleveland) Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria woke up Monday with "a slight cough and nasal congestion" and will stay away from the team pending medical test results.
Assistant Instructor Joe McEwing will assume his duties until the White Sox organization is fully aware of Renteria's condition.
General manager Rick Hahn released a statement in which he revealed that Renteria, who is 58, had been taken to a Cleveland hospital for assessments and tests.
“As a precaution, 'Ricky' will remain at the team hotel and will not return to his post until we receive confirmation of the test results today,” Hahn said. .
The team did not say whether Renteria, who is in his fourth season as manager of the White Sox, had been tested for the coronavirus.
Before Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians was officially postponed, McEwing said via video conference that he had spoken with Renteria on several occasions and that he "was doing wonderfully, that he was feeling well. It's just to be very careful. "
The information about Renteria came out on a day marked by several medical baseball news, most of it related to COVID-19.
Two games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed as the Miami Marlins grapple with an outbreak of COVID-19 that has them immobilized in Philadelphia.
The Marlins’s opener against the Baltimore Orioles has been postponed, as has the New York Yankees’s face-off against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Yankees reportedly used the same locker room the Marlins used for three days this weekend.
On July 5, the White Sox announced that two players had tested positive for coronavirus.
The team never identified the players, but star third baseman Yoan Moncada confirmed his positive result after joining his teammates.
“We continue to focus on what we're doing, on taking the right steps to keep everyone as safe as possible,” McEwing noted.
“The organization and the medical staff have done an excellent job so far, and we hope that it will continue in that direction. "