White Sox Star Moncada Reveals He Tested Positive for COVID-19

Bruce Levine
July 16, 2020 - 2:26 pm

White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada tested positive for the coronavirus and has since recovered, he revealed upon reporting to the team's summer camp Thursday.

Moncada lost his sense of taste and smell as part of his illness.

"Now I feel good," Moncada said. "But it definitely was a very difficult time for me.

"I'm just glad to be back and be healthy."

Moncada's arrival came after he had been absent from camp for nearly two weeks, as it started July 3. The White Sox had acknowledged previously that they had two undisclosed players test positive for COVID-19.

Moncada was placed on the injured list last Friday. MLB has two types of injured lists this season -- the traditional one and another for players with COVID-19. The designation of which list isn't revealed by MLB and teams unless the players gives their permission.

Moncada will now have eight days of work to get ready for Opening Day, when the White Sox host the Twins on July 24. The White Sox have suggested he'll need around 20 plate appearances in a game-like setting to get prepared, so he could be in line to go when the season starts.

"I feel good physically," Moncada said. "I would hope that I can be in the lineup next Friday. In the meantime, I'm just going to control what I can."

Moncada had a breakout 2019, hitting .315, which ranked third in the American League. He also had 25 homers, 79 RBIs and a .915 OPS in 132 games.

Additionally, White Sox reliever Jose Ruiz has reported to the White Sox's taxi squad in Schaumburg. He was also on the injured list for an unspecified reason.

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