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Ill KBO player tests negative for COVID-19

All News 11:41 October 21, 2020

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) -- KT Wiz star outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. has tested negative for the novel coronavirus, his Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Wednesday.

The Wiz said Rojas Jr., who developed a fever reaching 37.2 C Tuesday, is still not 100 percent, and the team will determine his availability for Wednesday's game later in the day.

Before missing Tuesday's game, Rojas Jr. had played all 136 games this season. The slugger has emerged as the leading MVP candidate by leading the KBO in the Triple Crown categories, with 46 home runs, 132 RBIs and a .353 batting average.

Behind Rojas' production, the Wiz are on the verge of qualifying for their first-ever postseason. They are holding on to the fifth and final postseason spot at 76-60-1 (wins-losses-ties).

In this file photo from Oct. 11, 2020, Mel Rojas Jr. of the KT Wiz watches his solo home run against the Doosan Bears in the bottom of the fifth inning of a Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at KT Wiz Park in Suwon, 45 kilometers south of Seoul. (Yonhap)

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