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    Shintaro Fujinami, 25, and two baseball teammates test positive for coronavirus

    Mar 27, 2020
    PHOTO: kyodo news via ap

    TOKYO — Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have become the first professional baseball players in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus.

    Fujinami was examined at a hospital on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a doctor recommended he have a test. Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Friday that the result was positive.

    The 25-year-old right-hander reported losing his sense of smell, although he exhibited no other symptoms before the test.

    After checking the pitcher's activities over the past two weeks, it was determined that two other players who dined with Fujinami reported a diminished sense of taste. They also tested positive, according to national broadcaster NHK.

    Unlike Japan's professional soccer league which has canceled all games, Japanese baseball has been playing exhibition games with no spectators. The Tigers canceled Thursday's farm team practice game and had their home park, Koshien Stadium, disinfected.

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