posted on Mar, 12 2004 @ 01:28 PM
Montreal Expos' third baseman Tony Batista was diagnosed Thursday with chicken pox and will miss at least one week of spring training.As chicken pox
is highly contagious, every Expos player has been notified about Batista's condition. Those who have never had chicken pox or don't remember having it
have been instructed to get vaccinated on Friday.
He is expected to be ready for Opening Day against the Florida Marlins on April 6, according to team trainer Ron McClain.Batista is the third member
of the Expos to catch the disease since 1980. Wil Cordero and Delino DeShields had the chicken pox in the 1990s. Batista, 30, played in Wednesday's
game against the Cleveland Indians and went 0-for-4. On Thursday morning, however, the itching Batista went to see McClain at Space Coast Stadium
after finding numerous red marks on his body. Batista was then sent to Dr. Bruce Thomas, who quarantined Batista in his hotel room.