Japan Pro Baseball Game Canceled due to Coronavirus
Fukuoka, Aug. 1 (Jiji Press)--The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks said Saturday that outfielder Yuya Hasegawa has been infected with the new coronavirus, forcing the baseball club to call off its game scheduled for Sunday.
Hasegawa, 35, is the first player from the 12 Japanese professional baseball clubs to test positive for the virus since the season started on June 19 after a delay of about three months amid the epidemic.
The Hawks' game with the Saitama Seibu Lions at Fukuoka PayPay Dome in the southwestern Japan city will be the first to be canceled since the season opening.
Hasegawa felt discomfort in the pharynx and had a fever of 37.3 degrees Celsius on Friday after practicing at a minor league team facility. As he still had a mild fever on Saturday, he underwent a polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, exam and teste positive.
On Wednesday and Thursday, he attended minor league games with the Hanshin Tigers in Chikugo, Fukuoka Prefecture.