Thursday, December 01, 2022

COVID-19 symptoms sent Rangers reliever Santana to IL. placed on

Arlington, Texas ( Associated Press) – Texas Rangers reliever Dennis Santana was placed on the COVID-19 injured list after arriving at the ballpark with symptoms before Thursday night’s game, and was tested to determine whether whether it was positive.

General Manager Chris Young said the team was in talks with Major League Baseball about protocol and determining any necessary contact tracing. Young did not specify what symptoms Santana had.

“We are in touch with the league, and will continue to follow (protocol). It’s changed a bit from last year,” Young said. “But we will follow MLB’s guidance on that, and do everything necessary to make sure we are protecting everyone.”

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The move came four days after Santana and Rangers returned from the season-opening series in Toronto, where all players were to be vaccinated in order to travel to Canada. Each player also had to be tested last weekend before returning to the United States, and all were negative.

Young said Santana felt better on Tuesday, when Rangers last played before a day off on Wednesday.

Rangers recalled right-hander Nick Snyder from Triple-A Round Rock to replace Santana on the roster.

Texas also activated right-hander Garrett Richards from the 10-day injured list on Thursday after the reliever began the season on IL with a blister on his right middle finger.

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Right-hander Spencer Howard, who was the scheduled starter on Friday, was placed on the 10-day IL because of a torn nail that was causing a blister. That move was retroactive to Monday.

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