Pirates president Travis Williams tests positive for coronavirus

Chris Cwik
·2 mins read

Pittsburgh Pirates president Travis Williams has tested positive for coronavirus. Williams revealed his positive test in a statement Thursday, saying he is “on the road to recovery.”

Williams said he first felt symptoms of the virus Monday. He followed safety protocols, which included wearing a mask and isolating himself immediately.

Williams joined the team in 2019, taking over for Frank Coonelly. Williams previously worked for the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders.

Will the Pirates miss games due to Travis Williams’ positive test?

Williams said the team performed contact tracing and determined none of the players, coaches or baseball operations staff came into contact with Williams. The Pirates returned from a road trip to Cincinnati either late Sunday or early Monday morning. If Williams began isolating Monday, it’s possible he has not been in contact with the team. The Pirates resumed play Tuesday.

Pirates players and staff will continue to be tested for coronavirus as usual, but the Pirates don’t seem to think there will be more positives among on-field staff due to Williams.

MLB has dealt with multiple coronavirus outbreaks

While the Pirates situation could be isolated to Williams, MLB has dealt with two coronavirus outbreaks in 2020. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals missed a stretch of games after both teams had multiple players and staff members test positive for coronavirus. Some members of the Cardinals went to the emergency room as a result of symptoms.

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