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Young Giants pitcher tests positive for coronavirus

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball announced 19 clubs had at least one positive test for COVID-19 among their player pools. The Giants are in that majority.

Pitcher Luis Madero was found to have contracted the virus, the lone positive return among the tests that had come back. There were still some results the Giants were awaiting as Day One of their camp 2.0 wound down Friday.

Madero flew in from Miami, where he spent the break, before being tested Tuesday. He is “doing fine,” Gabe Kapler said, and to the Giants’ knowledge he is asymptomatic. The Giants have four staff members on their medical team handling the contact tracing, as per MLB protocol.

The Giants claimed Madero off waivers from the Angels in January and had him in spring training 1.0 as a non-roster invite, not allowing a run in three innings. The 23-year-old righty, who mostly has served as a starter in the minors, reaching as high as Double-A, has been expected to be a further-down rotation or bullpen option.

While Madero was the lone pool member to be a known positive, Hunter Bishop was found to have the coronavirus last week, the top prospect isolating in Arizona and hoping he will become an option for the Giants once he is cleared of the virus.

Kapler said they expected all the results to return by the end of the weekend.

Buster Posey, who tested negative, was away from the team for personal reasons, Kapler said. Kapler said it’s possible Posey returns Saturday, but they were not sure yet.

Kapler said the Giants do not have anyone — coaches or players — opting out of this season.

Lefty Nick Swiney, a second-round compensation pick from NC State, officially signed with the Giants. The Giants still have yet to announce deals for fourth-round pick R.J. Dabovich and third-rounder Kyle Harrison, who reportedly agreed on a $2.5 million pact.


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