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Detroit Tigers reliever and coach test positive for COVID-19

Jul 6, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Jimenez (77) pitches in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 6, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joe Jimenez (77) pitches in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez and bench coach George Lombard have tested positive for COVID-19.

Both are vaccinated and both are experiencing symptoms, manager AJ Hinch said Monday.

They will be out for at least 10 days.

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Pitching coach Chris Fetter, quality control coach Josh Paul and bullpen catcher Jeremy Carroll were identified through contact tracing and were also unavailable for Monday afternoon’s opener of a three-game series against the host Pittsburgh Pirates.

“There are no more symptoms floating around,” Hinch said Monday, per the Detroit Free Press. “Our players have been incredible. We have 100 percent player participation in the COVID vaccine, so we are really good about that. We were the first team to go unmasked back in April.

“But we see that it’s not perfect. There’s still some breakthrough positives that can happen. The way we’ve handled it. The way the testing has gone, for as much power as we have, we feel good about it. Are more tests going to be done? Yes. Are we going to pay close attention to any sort of symptoms? Of course.”

Jimenez, 26, is 5-1 with one save and a 6.15 ERA in 48 appearances this season. The right-hander has struck out 51 batters and walked 32 in 41 innings.

Lombard, 45, is in his first season with the Tigers. He was the first base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2016-20.

–Field Level Media