Tampa, Fla – The Tampa Bay Rays have placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the injured list after testing positive for the coronavirus.
To take his place on the 40-man roster, Tamap Bay added left-handed reliever Aaron Loup.
Meadows, 25, was an All-Star and team co-MVP in 2019. In his first full season in the big leagues he hit .291/.364/.558 with 33 home runs and 89 RBI.
He is the second Rays player that has confirmed a positive covid test joining Tyler Glasnow who rejoined the team this week.
In a text exchange with Tampa Bay Times, Meadows said he was feeling good but did not have an exact date he expects to return. It should be noted that he must receive two negative tests 24 hours apart and get clearance from a team doctor and a league-union commission. As of now, his status for opening day is up in the air.
Loup, 32, signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay at the outset of spring training. He spent the 2019 season with the San Diego Padres organization but missed most of the season (3 1/3 innings pitched) due to an elbow strain.
In his eight year career he has appeared in 382 games (all in relief) and posted a 12-20 mark with a 3.45 ERA with 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings and 2.8 walks per nine. He has a career groundball rate of 55.4-percent.
The Rays are in their final week of preparation for the 2020 season. First pitch is set for next Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.