Jim Edmonds is being tested for COVID-19 after feeling “super sick.”
Within his Instagram story where the eight-time Gold Glover can be seen wearing a protective face mask, he wrote, “Held off as long as I could. I thought I was tough enough to get through. This virus is no joke #gethealthy.”
Edmonds elaborated on his condition in another post, “just waiting to find out if I have been infected or just super sick. Not taking any chances because it is so hard to get tested by the rules of the CDC.”
The 49-year-old former Angel later provided an update that he was waiting on his results and “I didn’t know the swab could go that far in someone’s nose.”
Edmonds played seven years with the Angels, winning two Gold Gloves, and making what many consider one of the greatest catches of all-time. He was traded to the Cardinals in 2000 in a controversial deal that netted 18-game winner Kent Bottenfield, who proved to be a bust, along with second base prospect Adam Kennedy, who later won the American League Championship Series MVP in 2002. Edmonds grew up near Anaheim, but it was believed he would leave in free agency following the 2000 season, so the Angels traded him.
As of last week, no current Angels player has reported any symptoms related to COVID-19. Players are scattered throughout the country as they follow social distancing guidelines and await for the 2020 season to potentially begin again.
This is a breaking story. Check back for more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, prayers up for Jim Edmonds. For more information on the coronavirus please reference the CDC website for guidance.