Swine Flu spreading to MLB? Rangers Pitcher tests positive. Details inside->?

Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla was diagnosed with Swine Flu but according to reports he still scheduled to pitch on Tuesday. Do you think this is a mistake by the Rangers? Do you think they shouldn't let him Pirch till he's fully cured? Here's the story. Hope Padilla gets better soon & that this disease doesn't spread to other teammates.->

Padilla expects to pitch through swine flu

Ailing Rangers await results to see if others are afflicted

KANSAS CITY -- Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla has been diagnosed with swine flu but is still expected to start on Tuesday against the Tigers.

Padilla was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday against the Red Sox because of the flu. The Rangers sent a culture to the laboratory for testing and the results returned on Friday indicated a positive test for H1N1 Type A influenza. The Rangers are waiting on tests of other players to see if they are dealing with what is commonly known as swine flu.

Padilla, reporting significant improvement, was back with the Rangers on Friday and worked out with them before their game against the Royals. He threw in the bullpen and did some running in the outfield. He is still scheduled to start on Tuesday against the Tigers at the Ballpark in Arlington.

"He will as long as his symptoms continue to subside," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "He was surprised as anybody about this."

The Rangers did send him back to the hotel on Friday rather than have him watch the game from the dugout and be around other players. The Rangers have had several players hit by the flu this week, including pitchers Eddie Guardado, Willie Eyre and Kevin Millwood, shortstop Omar Vizquel and outfielder David Murphy.

"We have submitted cultures to the Health Department," Levine said. "This is the only guy we have information on, but it's reasonable to expect other guys to have it."

Levine said the Rangers are dealing with the possibility of swine flu in the same way they would any other type of flu. All team personnel who experience symptoms are being given medication including Tamiflu. The team had a meeting on Wednesday to advise players on the necessary precautions.

"All our players are showing improvement and that's encouraging," Levine said. "We are effectively taking all the proper precautions. Unfortunately we have one player with the label, and that makes it sound more dire."

Millwood, whose symptoms have been mild, said he is better and expects to make his start on Sunday against the Royals. The Rangers are still waiting to see if that's the case.

"We'll wait and see how he feels tomorrow," manager Ron Washington said. "If not, we'll try to figure something out again."

Eyre had a 102-degree fever on Wednesday but is feeling better and ready to pitch on Friday if needed out of the bullpen. Guardado, who seemed the worst of anybody, was back with the team on Friday but still weak. He had to miss both Tuesday and Wednesday against the Red Sox because he was bed-ridden with the flu.

"I've never missed a game in my career being sick," Guardado said. "I was pretty bad. ... I've never been that bad."

Murphy said he is better but still being used at designated hitter.

"I'm still slightly fatigued but a lot better than the other day," Murphy said. "The other day I wanted to take a nap between my at-bats. I still have a cough, but overall I wouldn't consider it severe. I've been a lot worse."

The Rangers' most severe sickness still belongs to closer Frank Francisco, who is on the disabled list with walking pneumonia. He is eligible to be activated on Sunday but that isn't going to happen.

"No way," Washington said. "He just got out of bed. It's going to take time to get his strength back. He's not going to get it back in two days. We'll see how he progresses with his stamina


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13 Answers

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    Well, here's my problem: "People with swine influenza virus infection should be considered potentially contagious as long as they are symptomatic and possible for up to seven days following illness onset. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods."

    Now there's a stadium full of people. I don't know, I wouldn't want to be around him. Yes, it is a strain of the flu, and yes people with the flu are around others without it and pass it on all the time. But the Swine Flu? Sigh, what can you do?

    Did you know the virus can stay alive on objects for up to 2 hours?

    The healthier you are the faster you get through it, but why risk the other members on the team further? Who will then spread it to other teams who will bring it home to their families whose kids will play with the neighbors kid...etc etc

  • 1 decade ago

    Hope he and the Rangers get well soon...Padilla is the first to come up positive with the Swine Flu, but there were 5 players out with the flu, including Padilla for game 3 of the Red Sox series.

    Hope they fix this thing quick and we all move on.

    On a side note, I had heard reports around August of last year that Senator Obama would be President when Pigs Fly...next thing you know SWINE FLU.


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    GRR.. dang Padilla. First he's a bad team mate and the next he's infecting my bullpen! I'm kidding.. I know it's not his fault he got it..thats out of his control. Bless their hearts..I've been so worried but I've prayed about it and I think they'll be alright. He might be better but it's not the first time a team has had their player play when they were sick. King Felix pitched sick this season too. I don't think it's a good idea though..I don't want him coughing and making Michael Young sick.. :/

  • 1 decade ago

    He shouldn't be starting, until he is COMPLETELY cured.

    Really, i mean he is a pitcher, but the catcher - Saltalamaccia,(sp?), is touching that ball, about every 30 seconds. It will spread to him, and all the other players.

    They should be really careful of this. Unfortunately, whoever is playing 1B will touch the ball too.

    All these players are sick, and before you know it - it's gunna drift to more teams, and oh man - you won't know whats gunna happen!

    no more swine flu! :(

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  • 1 decade ago

    I remember not too long ago they were speculating whether it was going through the Mets clubhouse. I thought the Swine Flu thing died out already, real unfortunately that it still hasn't.

  • It's not a big deal. If you look at the ages most affected you would see it's really not a big deal. Some people get mild cases and never know they had it. People with symptoms see them clear up within a week.

  • 1 decade ago

    oh sht! the swine flu is in mlb. I wished to not hear about it but oh no

    the swine flu caused me to get more anxiety attacks and also something that starts with an h. Swine flu scares me

  • luigi
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I thought Swine Flu was over. Oh well

  • Ace
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    If i was the team manager i would have not allowed him to play so he doesnt spread it to his team mates or the opponents

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Good grief!

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