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Kelvin Herrera, Alex Rios showing signs of recovery from chickenpox

Reliever Kelvin Herrera (left) and outfielder Alex Rios are being quarantined after being diagnosed with the chickenpox.
Reliever Kelvin Herrera (left) and outfielder Alex Rios are being quarantined after being diagnosed with the chickenpox. The Kansas City Star

As Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios recover from the chickenpox, the Royals reported progress for both players less than a week after the duo started to show symptoms.

Trainer Nick Kenney examined Herrera at Herrera’s home on Wednesday and did the same for Rios at Rios’ place on Thursday. Both players could visit Kauffman Stadium for brief, private workouts on Friday morning. The level of contagion in both players has lowered, according to the team, but not enough to expose them to the rest of their teammates.

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost says that Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios might come in for a Friday morning workout as they recover from the chickenpox. Video by John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star

Manager Ned Yost sounded optimistic about the cases of both players.

“Neither one of them got horribly sick or high fevers or anything,” Yost said, adding that while the players are dealing with itchy blisters, “they didn’t get, like, overwhelmed with them.”

Both players got sick this past weekend at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Each is expected to miss at least two weeks of action.

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