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Indians ace Shane Bieber tests positive for COVID-19, will miss start of training camp

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Posted at 2:46 PM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 14:46:37-05

GOODYEAR, Ariz.  — Cleveland Indians President Chris Antonetti announced Thursday that Cy Young winner Shane Bieber tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the first few days of Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona.

Bieber has "mild" symptoms and is expected to join the team for training camp within the next few days if all goes well, Antonetti said.

The star pitcher won the Cy Young Award last year after an incredible season.

During the 2020 season, Bieber pitched 77.1 innings over 12 games, posting a .163 ERA, 122 strikeouts and eight wins. He became the fastest pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts in a season in MLB modern-era history, reaching the milestone in just 62 1/3 innings.

Thanks to his performance, Bieber also earned the 2020 Major League Triple Crown, leading the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

The Tribe held their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Thursday. The team is scheduled to hold their first full-squad workout on Feb. 22.

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