Taiwan pitcher Liu Chih-Jung quarantined over virus concerns

Liu Chih-Jung is known for throwing a 158 km fastball and became the Most Valuable Player during this year's Asian Baseball Championship. (Courtesy of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association)
Liu Chih-Jung is known for throwing a 158 km fastball and became the Most Valuable Player during this year's Asian Baseball Championship. (Courtesy of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association)

TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – Liu Chih-Jung (劉致榮) arrived in Florida last week eager to start his first spring training with the Red Sox but he was immediately quarantined over coronavirus concerns.

A Red Sox spokesman said the team was using “an overabundance of caution’’ with Liu because of the worldwide concern about the virus.

The 20-year-old righthander is being quarantined in a hotel room by the Sox to guard against the COVID-19.

Liu wrote on his Facebook page that he is being delivered three meals a day, doing some weight training, and going for an occasional run.

He is otherwise spending his time online “watching information about the team” and reading.

Liu said he feels fine and is scheduled to join the team Saturday.

Liu is known for throwing a 158 km fastball and became the Most Valuable Player during this year’s Asian Baseball Championship (亞洲棒球錦標賽), an international competition held in Taichung from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20.