According to the club’s president Chris Antonetti, DeShields tested positive for the virus in Arizona. He currently remains in isolation at his home.
DeShields will not be able to travel to Cleveland until he tests negatively for the coronavirus.
He gave the team permission to reveal publicly that he had tested positive, which he is not required to do.
Last week, Antonetti confirmed there have been cases of coronavirus among the team.
He said there were a few isolated COVID-19 cases within the Indians organization: some in players who have been home, a couple in the Dominican Republic and a couple at their facility in Goodyear.
Antonetti emphasized they were isolated and there was no spread within the Indians environment.
He also reiterated that testing a key component of MLB‘s protocols. Players and staff will be tested when they arrive at spring training and positive results will result in quarantine.
DeShields played for the Rangers from 2015 through 2019.