A longtime coach and manager in the Oakland Athletics' minor league system has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is hospitalized in Louisiana.
Webster Garrison, 54, who last season managed the A’s Class A Advanced affiliate Stockton Ports, is on a ventilator as he battles COVID-19, his fiancée, Nikki Trudeaux, said in a post on Facebook.
"This man, my fiancé, Webster Garrison, the love of my life, is on a ventilator in the hospital, fighting for his life, and I can’t even be at his side!" Trudeaux wrote in her post. "I'm asking, pleading, and begging you to help lift him and the entire world up in prayer!"
Late Saturday night, Trudeaux posted that Garrison "didn’t have any set backs."
This season will be Garrison's 22nd as coach or manager with the organization. He was slated to manage one of the A's Arizona Fall League teams.
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The A's acknowledged in a statement that a minor league staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 but did not release the staff member's name "out of respect for this individual's privacy."
News of Garrison's positive test was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
A’s minor-league players and staff had been asked to quarantine through March 27. The A’s believe Garrison contracted COVID-19 after leaving the minor league camp on March 13, the Chronicle reported.
Several A's minor league players posted about Garrison's diagnosis.
"This is horrible,” Oakland's 2017 first-round pick Austin Beck posted on Twitter. “One of the most down-to-earth guys I’ve ever met, such a legend to the baseball community, praying for you Webby!”
Garrison played five games in his major league career, with the A's, after being taken in the second round of the 1983 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.