D-backs OF Kole Calhoun thinking of safety amid coronavirus confusion

Jul 15, 2020, 8:58 AM | Updated: 9:11 am
Arizona Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun, right, rounds second base as second baseman Rougned Odor looks ...
Arizona Diamondbacks' Kole Calhoun, right, rounds second base as second baseman Rougned Odor looks on in the fifth inning during a spring training baseball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Kole Calhoun told reporters Tuesday he tested negative for COVID-19 antibodies despite testing positive for the coronavirus, costing him two separate stints away from practices in this summer ramp-up period.

Calhoun missed the start of camp due to a positive test but was cleared to practice on Friday. He was notably absent again on Sunday but was back at camp on Monday.

“It’s been frustrating, but I’m happy that I’m here now,” Calhoun said on Zoom on Tuesday. “It’s just following the protocols, following MLB protocols and like I said, trying to keep everybody safe. Make sure everything checks out and get on the field safely.

“I’ve had an antibody test but do not have antibodies so, I don’t know, it’s been really weird, man,” he added. “You guys know the story: kind of bouncing back and forth, no antibodies showed up. Just kind of crazy. Happy to feel safe, happy my teammates feel safe. It’s uncharted waters we’re all in.”

Calhoun’s situation isn’t unique in Major League Baseball.

Most notably, Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo said on Saturday that he recorded two positive tests and multiple negative tests, causing his agent, Scott Boras, to push MLB to expedite his return. The positive tests showed up on saliva tests, while a swab test indicated he was negative. Those negative tests were taken on his own accord and not administered by MLB.

Gallo has since returned to practices and said he’s not sure if he ever had the coronavirus. He had no symptoms and planned on getting more extensive antibody testing done, he’s told reporters.

In Arizona, Calhoun has been thinking about his teammates’ safety as the confusion over his own health threw him out and in of participating twice. He’s been wearing a mask during baseball activities with his D-backs teammates despite the inconveniences.

“I’m sure there’s some curiosity … I’m trying to make them feel as safe as I can,” he said. “Just trying to be respectful and be safe and not put anybody in an awkward spot, I feel like.”

Penguin Air

Arizona Diamondbacks

Tommy Henry #47 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Cleveland Guardians in his major le...
Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Brent Strom, Tommy Henry work to improve rookie’s breaking stuff

D-backs pitching coach Brent Strom worked with Tommy Henry Saturday, and the southpaw walked away with improved spin rate on breaking balls.
15 hours ago
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Merrill Kelly throws against the Colorado Rockies during the first inn...
Alex Weiner

Merrill Kelly stays sharp, Diamondbacks don’t capitalize in loss to Rockies

D-backs RHP Merrill Kelly built off his strong July against Colorado, but missed opportunities and a late home run allowed led to a 3-2 loss.
2 days ago
Seth Beer #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks reacts after his home run during the eighth inning agains...
Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Seth Beer focused on consistency in new big-league opportunity

D-backs DH Seth Beer is focused on keeping a consistent approach, finding ways out of dry spells during his new big-league chance.
2 days ago
(Twitter screenshot/Rhett Bollinger)...
Haboob Blog

D-backs 3B Josh Rojas’ picture gets mistaken for Angels’ Jose Rojas

It's ok Arizona Diamondbacks fans, Josh Rojas has not been traded away and bats leadoff for Saturday's game against the Colorado Rockies.
2 days ago
Geraldo Perdomo #2 and Alek Thomas #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrate a 6-5 win against the C...
Jake Anderson

Geraldo Perdomo, Ian Kennedy save best for last in D-backs’ clutch win

The D-backs saved their best for last in a 6-5 win over the Rockies in front of a crowd of 17,720 at Chase Field on Friday night.
3 days ago
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo (17) takes the baseball from starting pitcher Madison Bu...
Wills Rice

D-backs’ Madison Bumgarner says ‘no way’ to umpire Dan Bellino

"No way, I'm not putting myself in that position again, no way. I won't do it," D-backs' Bumgarner said postgame on the hand inspection.
3 days ago
D-backs OF Kole Calhoun thinking of safety amid coronavirus confusion