Didi Gregorius says he'll wear a facemask during games this season, whether in the field or while batting, due to a kidney condition that makes him high risk during the coronavirus pandemic.
"We are trying to go through the guidelines and trying to do everything we can do to stay safe," Gregorius said. "So, that's why people see me walking around with a mask on and stuff. I am keeping myself safe, wearing a mask everywhere I go. So, I have to keep it on me all the time."
The Philadelphia Phillies shortstop could have opted out and received his full, pro-rated salary for the upcoming 60-game season. He signed a one-year, $14 million contract this offseason.
"I think it adds safety for everybody, for me and people around me," Gregorius said. "So I think wearing it will be normal for me."
The kidney issue caused Gregorius to miss the first two months of the 2011 season.