Padres outfielder Tommy Pham has now twice tested negative for COVID-19 infection, MLB.com’s AJ Casavell reports on Twitter. That’s the news he needed to join the club’s Summer Camp and begin preparing for the season in earnest.
Since he was able to achieve clearance rather quickly, it seems there’s hope that Pham will be ready to take the field on Opening Day (or shortly thereafter). He has about two weeks to get dialed in.
That’s not a ton of time, but it appears — given the timing — that Pham did not experience major symptoms from his infection. If he was able to maintain fitness and otherwise prepare for the campaign, perhaps he’ll be just fine with a limited run-up.
Pham has functioned as something of a quiet star in recent years. That’s just what the San Diego organization will need him to be if it’s to enjoy a breakout season.