Former MLB All-Star Jim Edmonds Hospitalized For Coronavirus Testing, Sends Message While Awaiting Results

Jim Edmonds, a four-time Major League Baseball all-star and 2006 World Series champion, has been hospitalized to undergo COVID-19 testing after battling symptoms that had him feeling "super sick."

Edmonds posted an Instagram story with a photo of himself in the hospital, complete with a mask covering his nose and mouth, and he wrote a message to his followers.

"Held off as long as I could," Edmonds wrote. "I thought I was tough enough to get through. This virus is no joke."

"Waiting on tests now," he continued. "PS — I didn't know the swab could go that far in someone's nose."

He then shared a photo of a machine inside a hospital room with the words "X-ray time" typed on it. Edmonds then continued his Instagram story.

"No confirmation on the virus yet. Just waiting to find out if I've been infected or just super sick," he wrote. "Not taking any chances because it is so hard to get tested by the rules of the CDC."

COVID-19 is better known as coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and quickly spread around China, and now around the world. More than 650,000 people have tested positive worldwide, with 115,000 of those cases in the United States.

There have been more than 30,000 deaths worldwide from coronavirus, including more than 1,000 deaths in the the United States.

COVID-19 has led to schools being closed across the country until further notice, it has forced many people to work from home, and millions have started losing their jobs because businesses have either scaled down or temporarily closed altogether.

Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds #15 of the Milwaukee Brewers walks in the dugout before the game against the Washington Nationals April 18, 2010 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images

Edmonds was an elite athlete, playing 18 years in the major league. He was known for his defensive prowess in the outfield, laying out for catches to rob hitters of extra-base hits.

He played most of his career with the Angels organization, and he also played for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds in a career that spanned from 1993-2010.

He won a World Series title in 2006 with the Cardinals, and he was an all-star in the 1995, 2000, 2003 and 2005 seasons. He was an 8-time Gold Glove winner, and he was awarded the 2004 Silver Slugger award.

Edmonds is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Major League Baseball's opening day would have been two days ago (March 26), but the spread of coronavirus canceled baseball's spring training with two weeks remaining, and it has indefinitely suspended the season from starting up.

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