KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals’ new manager is already out with COVID-19.
The team announced Wednesday that manager Matt Quatraro has tested positive for coronavirus.
Royals bench coach Paul Hoover will serve as interim manager until Quatraro returns to the team.
A spokesperson for the Royals said Quatraro “is home and on the mend. He feels good. He will be out for the next few days and we will reevaluate next week.”
The 49-year-old will likely miss at least the beginning team’s upcoming road trip to the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers.
The team signed Quatraro in the offseason after parting ways with former manager Mike Matheny.
The first-year manager is 1-4 so far this season. The Royals boast the ninth-best earned run average in the league so far, but they also have the worst team batting average in the league with a .170 average.
The Royals are set to play the Toronto Blue Jays at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium. They have two more home games and hit the road for the first time this season on Friday.