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OC Register: Angels’ Julio Teheran says he is a week behind after recovering from the coronavirus


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ANAHEIM — Julio Teheran thought he just had a cold.

When the symptoms persisted even after taking medication, he realized something wasn’t right, and a test soon confirmed it. The Angels right-hander had tested positive for the coronavirus, which would soon spread to his wife and 4-year-old son.

Teheran said he already knew he had tested positive when he told ESPN Deportes he awaiting test results.

“I tried to keep everything private because it’s something serious,” Teheran said in Spanish on Sunday. “I think this virus, with all the things that we’re hearing in the news and media, it was something difficult for me and I decided to keep it quiet. We weren’t out of it yet, and my family was still recovering.”

Teheran is the third Angels player to confirm that he had tested positive. Teheran, Patrick Sandoval and Matt Thaiss all tested positive in June, and all took at least three weeks from the time of the positive test to clear the protocols to join the team.

Teheran tested positive a few days before he was to report on July 1. He said he had a fever, chills, headaches and he lost his sense of tense.

“I was more worried about getting other people in my family sick,” Teheran said. “I knew that I had the virus and it can hit really hard. With all I had been working on and training hard, I knew it wouldn’t hit me hard, but I wanted to be sure that it didn’t affect the rest of my family.”

Teheran said his wife and son were asymptomatic, but their nanny also got sick and had some of the same symptoms as him. He said he worried about his parents, because they are high-risk, but they stayed at a hotel and did not get the virus.

From Teheran’s first positive test, which was just a few days before the start of camp, Teheran said he tried to maintain his workouts as best as he could. He finally was cleared to join the team on Friday, and he threw for pitching coach Mickey Callaway on Saturday. Manager Joe Maddon said Callaway was impressed with how close Teheran is to being ready.

“I’ve been I’ve been around for a long time, and I haven’t been injured, and one reason is because I know to how to take care of myself and I know how to take care of my arm,” Teheran said. “I would say I’m a week behind hopefully. And whenever I feel ready, I’ll be out there working with the guys and doing our best to go to the spot we want to go.”

OPTIMISM FROM HEANEY, RENDON

Andrew Heaney and Anthony Rendon, who both missed action with minor injuries this weekend, are both expected to be ready to go for Opening Day on Friday, Maddon said.

Heaney said on Sunday that he feels “fine,” a day after he opted not to pitch in an intrasquad game because of back stiffness.

“I felt like with as quick as our build-up was gonna be this spring training 2.0, and the season being as short as it is, it was just smart to be cautious,” Heaney said Sunday. “I feel ready after 85 pitches my last time out (in an intrasquad game). I felt good with all of my stuff. I’m ready to go. I’m fine.”

Heaney just did some throwing and got treatment instead of pitching in the game on Saturday. He’ll have a bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday, and that would be the best indication of whether he’s ready to go Friday.

The Angels moved Dylan Bundy and Griffin Canning up a day — to Sunday and Monday, respectively — to make them available for the first two games in Oakland in case Heaney can’t pitch.

Rendon has been out since feeling tightness in his oblique on Wednesday. Although Maddon said he’s not sure what the trainers have cleared Rendon to do in the final exhibition games, he doesn’t seem concerned about Opening Day.

“Anthony feels confident he’ll be ready to play in the first game,” Maddon said on Sunday.

OHTANI’S DAY

Shohei Ohtani pitched five innings in his final tuneup before the regular season on Sunday.

Ohtani did not face a traditional lineup, but instead a rotation of hitters including Matt Thaiss, Jared Walsh and Michael Hermosillo.

Ohtani struck out six and walked four and he gave up five hits.

“I feel better each time I get out there,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I feel better with the mound, facing hitters, getting reps in. I’m feeling better each time.”

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