Red Sox prospect quarantined because of coronavirus concerns

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A Red Sox spokesperson told the Boston Globe that the team is using "an overabundance of caution" with 20-year-old pitcher Chih-Jung Liu.

Liu said he feels fine and is scheduled to join the team Saturday.

Liu had originally flown from Taipei to San Francisco, before taking a connecting flight to Fort Myers.

Liu wrote on Facebook that he's receiving three meals a day and spending his time lifting weights, going for the occasional run, learning about the Red Sox online and reading, according to the Globe.

He's also "watching information about the team" to stay in the loop.

The team also briefly quarantined infielder Tzu-Wei Lin earlier this month. The New York Post cited Lin as saying "I had been here for a week and they said I needed to go back to my apartment". When asked if he would return a couple weeks after Opening Day, Verdugo responded, "Yeah, I think a couple weeks".

The city of San Francisco recently declared a state of emergency over coronavirus fears after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning the USA will likely see more cases.

"Fourteen cases have been diagnosed in the United States, in addition to 39 cases among repatriated persons from high-risk settings, for a current total of 53 cases within the United States", the CDC reported.

China, by far, still has the most cases and deaths from the illness, though its numbers have slowed recently.

The United States now has no travel restrictions in place for Taiwan. The virus has prompted mass lockdowns and strict controls in Wuhan and Hubei Province, where the virus is believed to have originated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the US has only seen limited numbers of victims.

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