Julio Teheran was scheduled to arrive at Angels camp on timr, but he began showing symptoms of an illness. He felt like he had a cold, which was strange for him because normally he only experiences symptoms of a cold after it rains, or something like that.
“I started feeling chills and had fever and body aches,” he said to the media on Sunday. “Six hours after I took the medicine, all the symptoms came back. I decided to call the medical staff and told them I wasn’t feeling good to travel. I didn’t want to risk anybody.”
It’s a good thing he decided to stay home, because after being tested, it came back that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. In addition to Teheran testing positive, his wife and son tested positive as well, but luckily were asymptomatic. His mother and father were classified as high-risk, so they isolated themselves at a hotel once members of his family got sick. According to Teheran, everyone is good to go now.
Although he had symptoms, Teheran still managed to stay active. He said he only felt tired for four days, so he was able to get back into the swing of things quickly after.
Although he arrived late to camp, he doesn’t feel like he is too far behind where he’d like to be because of the consistent work he was putting in while at home. Although he wasn’t 100 percent, he was still able to throw and get work in.
“I feel like I would be a week behind,” Teheran said. “I have to be smart about it. I know how to do it. I’ve been around for a long time. I haven’t been injured because I know how to take care of myself and my arm. Whenever I feel ready, I’ll be out there working with the guys and doing our best to go to the spot we want to go.”
Teheran signed a one-year contract with the Angels in December. Since his rookie season in 2013, he’s been one of the most consistent starters in baseball when he comes to making starts. He’s made at least 30 starts every season over the last seven years, including 33 last season. Last year with Atlanta, Teheran went 10-11 with a 3.81 ERA. He had 162 strikeouts in 174 2⁄3 innings.
Manager Joe Maddon said that Teheran looked good today when throwing, but doesn’t have a date yet as to when he can see Teheran join the starting rotation.
“He threw well,” Maddon said. “Mickey [Callaway] was really pleased with it. I don’t know what is program is for today. Julio is highly eager and motivated. That’s all I can tell you for sure. It’s definitely trending in the right direction.”