Royals Alex Rios, Kelvin Herrera return from chickenpox leave

Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera
Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera The Kansas City Star

After a bout with the chickenpox, outfielder Alex Rios and pitcher Kelvin Herrera are back with the Royals.

The players have been gone from the team since being diagnosed while the Royals were playing at Tampa Bay Aug. 29-30.

“I tried to stay positive and focused on getting better,” Rios said.

Kansas City Royals Alex Rios returns from chickenpox.

Rios and Herrera worked out at Kauffman Stadium the past few days before others got to the field. Rios said he never lost his strength and or felt discomfort.

“I felt normal,” Rios said.

The players had been quarantined at their homes until they become less contagious. They saw a doctor on Friday and were cleared to work out at the ballpark.

Rios had been taking batting practice and on Friday Herrera threw a 30-pitch bullpen session.

The players left the stadium before their teammates arrived.

Monday, they were back in the clubhouse, and manager Ned Yost said both were available to play against the Twins.

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