DENVER (AP) – All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, the primary main league participant recognized to have examined optimistic for the coronavirus, returned to the Colorado Rockies for his first exercise Monday after getting the all clear to rejoin his teammates.
“I really feel nice. I’ve felt that means for no less than a few weeks now,” Blackmon mentioned on a video convention name with reporters earlier than taking batting and fielding follow at Coors Area.
“It’s good to be again,” he added. “I used to be getting form of bored sitting there within the basement in quarantine on my own.”
Blackmon mentioned he was solely mildly affected by the virus that has killed greater than 130,000 People and claimed greater than a half-million lives worldwide.
“I had a day and a half of signs and after that I began feeling a lot better,” Blackmon mentioned, including he hopes to be prepared for the Rockies’ July 24 opener at Texas.
He mentioned his sickness wasn’t whilst unhealthy because the flu.
“I used to be blindsided” by the optimistic check consequence, Blackmon defined, including that he had taken all the standard precautions together with his household: sheltering at dwelling, social distancing and sporting a masks when out in public.
He mentioned he has no concept how he contracted the virus however was fortunate to not get as sick as so many others.
“My signs have been what I might take into account delicate flu signs,” Blackmon mentioned. “I had a headache, I had a little bit of a cough after which I had some physique aches. I simply felt sick. Nevertheless it solely lasted for about 36 hours and I might take into account it delicate in comparison with the flu. I had the flu correct a few years in the past and I believed that factor was going to wipe me out.
“And I’m fortunate that my COVID expertise was not almost as extreme” as many others who’ve been contaminated, Blackmon mentioned. “And I do know that it does have an effect on all people a bit in a different way. However I might take into account the signs that I felt to be minor.”
Blackmon mentioned he’s simply attempting now to regain his bodily health and added that he doesn’t foresee any long-term results from the sickness.
“It is a minor, minor glitch, a minor velocity bump,” he mentioned. “It’s not one thing that’s going to throw me off. It’s not one thing that I used to be frightened of or that I’ll be frightened of for any of those guys on this locker room.
“I do assume we’ll be as protected as we are able to and check out to not get it, however actually, we went via a complete lot of hassle and did plenty of altering of our life and our nation for one thing that wasn’t that unhealthy — in my expertise,” Blackmon mentioned. “That doesn’t imply that it gained’t be extra critical for different individuals and that it hasn’t been extra critical for different individuals.”
Supervisor Bud Black mentioned he hopes to have Blackmon accessible when the season is ready to start in two weeks. If he isn’t able to play outfield, he would possibly function Colorado’s designated hitter to start out out.
“It’s going to be shut, however I’m optimistic, figuring out Charlie,” Black mentioned. “We’re going to look at him each single day to see how he’s doing.”
By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Sports activities Author
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