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Rays’ Kevan Smith on injured list, being tested for COVID-19

Tampa Bay Times — Marc Topkin Tampa Bay Times

Aug. 01--Rays catcher Kevan Smith was placed on the injured list prior to Saturday’s game in Baltimore after feeling lightheaded and showing cold-like symptoms on Friday, but tested negative once already for COVID-19 and would be cleared to return with another negative test.

Smith felt what were described as minor symptoms on Friday, was tested and then sent back to the team hotel in Baltimore, where he remained today. He likely would need to test negative again tonight or in the morning to be able to fly home with the team after Sunday’s game.

To replace Smith on the active roster, the Rays recalled infielder Daniel Robertson, who was already with them in Baltimore as a member of the two-man taxi squad.

The Rays earlier Saturday announced that lefty Brendan McKay had reported to Port Charlotte on Friday to start working out after missing 3 1/2 weeks following a positive test for COVID-19. McKay will need potentially several weeks to get built up to be in game shape, manager Kevin Cash said, and will be limited to pitching for now. McKay was signed as a two-way player, and can play DH and first base. He threw a 20-pitch live batting practice session on Friday.

McKay is the sixth Rays player known to test positive for COVID-19, with all returning to on-field work, joining pitchers Yonny Chirinos and Tyler Glasnow, outfielders Randy Arozarena and Austin Meadows and infielder/DH Austin Meadows.

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