The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:
Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has rejoined the Baltimore Orioles after missing the start of summer camp following a positive test for the coronavirus.
Smith hopes to be ready to play in Baltimore’s opener at Boston on July 24.
“I feel great now,” Smith said on a Zoom call Saturday.
Outfielder Anthony Santander also missed the start of camp because of a positive test. He reported on Tuesday.
Smith tested positive when camp opened early this month — a result that caught him by surprise.
“It was kind of alarming because I really didn’t have symptoms. I didn't lose taste or smell,” he said. “I felt normal and everybody around me, my family, was fine.”
Smith hit .241 with 13 homers and 53 RBIs in 101 games for Baltimore last year. He is expected to be a starter for the rebuilding Orioles, who are coming off two straight 100-loss seasons.
Edmonton Oilers defenseman Caleb Jones says he tested positive for the coronavirus before training camp.
Jones said Friday he tested positive when he returned to Edmonton from his home in Dallas. He says he was asymptomatic.
The NHL is not releasing the names of players who test positive for the virus, and the league also is no longer revealing which teams players who test positive play for.
The 23-year-old Jones became the second NHL player to acknowledge a positive test in a media interview. Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews also revealed his positive test.
Jones said he completed his 14 days of isolation before camp started, but was held out of main sessions for the first three days as he tried to get himself back up to speed.
He said he revealed his positive test “to set the record straight.”
“It’s obviously a very weird disease, a weird time in the world right now,” Jones said. “Some people get really affected by it and it can be deadly and other people would never know they had it and I was maybe lucky enough to be in that group. If I had never gotten tested, I would have never realized I had it.”
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