Former Blue Jay pitcher Dave Stewart was tested for Covid-19 last week, and announced on Twitter on Tuesday that he’s tested negative.
As we wait to truly see what the effects of the spread of Covid-19 are across North America, we’ve been getting some positive news from the baseball world.
A few days ago, Blue Jays President and CEO Mark Shapiro indicated that none of the players or staff throughout the organization have been tested yet, as no one has displayed symptoms to warrant it thus far. That certainly qualifies as a positive thing, and Blue Jays fans got another piece of good news on Tuesday as well.
One of their former pitchers, Dave Stewart, was tested for the Covid-19 virus last week, and thankfully he was able to announce a negative test result from his Twitter account on Tuesday. Stewart indicated that he had been on lockdown over the last week as he awaited results of his test, and fortunately he received good news.
Thankfully it appears that precautions were put into place at the right time for Major League Baseball, as there haven’t been many reported cases at all. The Yankees have had two minor leaguers test positive, but otherwise it’s been pretty quiet on that front. As far as high profile athletes, the NBA’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz would likely be at or near the top of the list.
As for Stewart, he was part of the World Series champion Blue Jays team of 1993, and also pitched in Toronto in 1994 before finishing his career back in Oakland the following season. After having some truly dominant seasons with the A’s, he actually wasn’t that successful as a Blue Jay. In those two seasons he had a record of 19-16 with an ERA of 5.09 and a WHIP of 1.459 over 48 starts and 295.1 innings pitched.
Thankfully Stewart was quick to lead by example in getting a test last week when he wasn’t feeling that great, and the even better news is that he tested negative. Better safe than sorry.