An unnamed employee from the Reds’ spring training facility in Goodyear, Ariz., has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Wednesday. This person “worked only in the training complex,” the Reds added. The club’s now testing any member of its staff who came in close contact with the employee from Feb. 29 through March 14. Those individuals have been self-quarantined.
The Reds share their spring training ballpark with the Indians, though there’s no indication that any member of the Cleveland organization was in contact with the Cincinnati employee. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks’ last spring training game before the shutdown came against the Reds. D-backs general manager Mike Hazen addressed the situation (via Arizona Sports 98.7 FM), saying that “I don’t believe we’ve had any contact. But we’re asking those questions.”
The Reds employee is the third person from around baseball who has tested positive for coronavirus in the past week. Two Yankees minor leaguers previously tested positive for the illness.