The Padres announced today that outfielder Tommy Pham has tested positive for the coronavirus, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com was the type of to cover on Twitter. Pham authorized release of his personal medical information. Fortunately, he’s said to be asymptomatic at the moment.
Pham, 32, has yet to suit up for an everyday season game with the Padres. He was a vital offseason acquisition for the San Diego organization, that is hopeful that Pham will continue to perform like the under-the-radar star he’s got been in the past few years.
It’s good that the Padres were able to catch Pham’s condition before that he entered the clubhouse and came into direct contact with all his teammates. He’ll be quarantined for the moment to avoid any possibility of transmission.
Hopefully, Pham will continue to experience no or limited symptoms. But so that you can get into Summer Camp and acquire ready for the season, he’ll have to register negative for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests. That could well delay his availability for the coming season.
The Friars may also be awaiting the arrival of closer Kirby Yates, yet another key bit of the picture in 2020. He is said to be working with a “non-COVID-related family issue,” but the expectation is that he’ll be capable of getting to work in the coming days.