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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez says he battled Zika in offseason

He battled the virus, but eventually gave up a two-run double to it.

Rodriguez, a 34-year-old native of Caracas, Venezuela, contracted the virus this past offseason and learned just how serious the illness can be. He was laid up for two weeks with severe bodyaches, joint pain, headaches and a myriad of other symptoms. Considering the effects of the illness are even more devastating for women, especially pregnant women, he advised any athletes contemplating participating in the Olympics to educate themselves and their family members…

Several prominent athletes have already voiced concerns over Olympic participation, including Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol, American tennis star Serena Williams and Australian golfer Adam Scott.

“I wouldn’t blame them,” Rodriguez told ESPN.com of any athletes having second thoughts about competing. “If they have plans to have kids in the future, you’ve got to think about it. You have to be aware of that as well. You have to do some homework, some research about it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 09, 2016 at 08:57 AM | 5 comment(s)
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