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Thursday, March 19, 2020

‘I’m Just Stuck’: Coronavirus Leaves Foreign Minor Leaguers Stranded

Donny Breek awoke in his room at the Minnesota Twins Player Development Academy around 10 a.m. on Wednesday, a late hour that would have felt like a rare luxury just last week, when spring training was still on and early workouts were daily.

Now, camp is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. All of the Twins’ minor-league players have been sent home—all, that is, but Breek, who is from the Netherlands, and a handful of others. This tiny set of foreign players have been moved to the Twins’ Academy in Fort Myers, Fla. They cannot travel home; they are not able to hold workouts; they cannot play baseball. Instead, they do what they can to fill their days on their own.

On Wednesday, Breek showered and went down to the cafeteria for breakfast, where he could see his few teammates left in town. There are roughly a dozen of them: German, Russian, Venezuelan. The last Americans—a few who had been held back for injury rehab when the others were sent home last week—finally left this morning. The rest of the day? There are no team activities. There are no activities, period.

“I feel fine,” 20-year-old Breek says over the phone. “I’m just stuck. I can’t go anywhere.”

 

QLE Posted: March 19, 2020 at 01:14 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: coronavirus, foreign players, minor leaguers

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