A Rochester Honkers player has tested positive for COVID-19 and the Northwoods League baseball team has announced it will suspend play for seven days.
“This is a move that we feel is absolutely necessary to make,” Honkers general manager Jeremy Aagard said. “We remain committed to the safety of our fans and everyone involved with the Honkers in a season that has proven to be unlike any other. It is important for us to do our part to keep Rochester and its surrounding areas protected and informed, which were driving forces that led us to the decision we made (Tuesday).”
The Honkers made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, but did not release the name of the player. The team said the player is asymptomatic, feels healthy and is currently in isolation.
The team decided to suspend the season for seven days under recommendation from medical professionals in Rochester. The earliest the team would return to game action would be on July 14. But that date could be pushed back, especially if other players test positive for the virus.
The Honkers, who are off to a 2-4 start, were scheduled to play at Mankato on Tuesday night. They were slated to have home games on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday of this week, but those games are now called off. It is not known if the Honkers will have to forfeit all of the games or if there is a chance for some makeups. They were scheduled to have off days on Friday and Saturday as well as four more off days later in July.