MINNEAPOLIS — Editors note: The video above originally aired Feb. 3, 2021.
Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons is out of the lineup after testing positive for COVID-19.
Simmons was placed on the COVID-19 injured list before Twins' doubleheader against the Red Sox Wednesday. The club's new shortstop has said he doesn't plan to get the vaccine, which was made available to the Twins in a single-shot dosage last week.
Twins executive Derek Falvey says Simmons is experiencing “very mild” symptoms and resting at his home. The positive test result was received late Tuesday after the the Twins played the Red Sox.
Simmons was replaced on the roster by infielder J.T. Riddle, who was on the taxi squad.
Designated hitter and team leader Nelson Cruz is back in the lineup for the doubleheader against Boston Wednesday, after being scratched Tuesday with an undisclosed illness. The team is currently on a three-game losing skid, with a record of 5-5, good for third place in the American League Central Division.