TAMPA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Rutherford and Gulf Coast alum Nick Nelson suddenly finds himself not only away from the baseball field, but away from everyone else in self-quarantine in Tampa.
Rutherford alum Nick Nelson dealing with self-quarantine in Tampa.
A highly regarded right handed pitching prospect with the Yankees, Nelson was at spring training when a minor leaguer within the organization tested positive for coronavirus. Players were informed Saturday and asked to self-isolate for two weeks.
"That was brutal," Nelson said of the last week's events. "I think it's good for safety concerns and what not, and I think it will blow over soon. At least that's what I'm hoping for to get this season back quicker."
Nelson is currently at a house in Tampa with his girlfriend and their six month old daughter.
Prior to the league's shut down of spring training, Nelson held opponents scoreless in three appearances, throwing five innings. He was optioned to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre and would start the season there.
"I thought spring training went pretty well for me," Nelson said. "I faced some big league guys and that was pretty cool. It has definitely been pretty cool being on the big league side around a lot of the guys and getting to know them a little bit and talking some baseball with them and what not."
Nelson comes off a season in which he pitched for the Yankees in single, double, and triple A, close to making that leap to the big league club.
Baseball season is currently on hold until at least mid-May.
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