Dusty Baker has mild COVID-19 symptoms, no other Astros affected – Houston Chronicle

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. (12) high fives Houston Astros starting pitcher Cristian Javier (53) during the middle of the fifth inning of a game between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox on Sunday, June 19, 2022, at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
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CLEVELAND — Astros manager Dusty Baker is experiencing “mild symptoms” of COVID-19 after he tested positive for the virus on Friday, Astros bench coach Joe Espada said on Saturday. 

Baker received his positive test results hours before the start of Friday night’s Astros-Guardians game at Progressive Field. He must wait 10 days from the initial positive test to return to the team, or can return sooner if he has no fever, improving symptoms and tests negative twice at least 24 hours apart. 

Espada, who is managing the club in Baker’s absence, said he spoke on Saturday with Baker, who is holed up in a Cleveland hotel room. 

“He says that being in the room is driving him crazy, that if it wasn’t for music he would not know how he would make it,” Espada said. “But he’s in good spirits. He’s doing well.” 

As of Saturday afternoon, no Astros players or other members of Houston’s coaching staff had tested positive.

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