By Julie Glass
The Phillies Scott Kingery hasn’t reported to the Phils training camp at CBP yet because of COVID-19, and he opened up yesterday about his battle:
“I want people to know this is not a two-week thing if you get it,” Kingery told NBC Sports Philly.
“You’re not supposed to do any physical activity for 10 to 14 days after a positive test. That could be a month. That’s a huge part of the season so you don’t want to get it. You have to take the precautions and protocols seriously.”
Kingery first felt symptoms on June 11. Two days later, he said he “got chills so bad I couldn’t move without my whole body shaking. That night, my fever spiked so high that I sweated through my sheets. It left an imprint of my body.”
He started to feel better but then three or four days later he lost his sense of taste and smell. He felt fatigued for about a week and experienced shortness of breath.
“I felt like I laid on the couch for three weeks without moving,” he said. “I was tired just going up the stairs.”
“It really does spring on you fast,” he said. “Even if you don’t think you’re in a position to be exposed. It comes on very fast. It can creep up on you and get you pretty bad like it did with me.”
Kingery is still home in Phoenix. He passed one test, inching him closer to his return. He needs to pass one more before he travels to Philly. But even then he said he does not know when he will be cleared to play because he struggled so much with COVID-19.