Dave Stewart feeling better after coronavirus scare

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 30: Dave Stewart waves to the crowd prior to the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Indians 7-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 30: Dave Stewart waves to the crowd prior to the game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cleveland Indians at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on June 30, 2018 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the Indians 7-2. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images) /
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Just a couple of weeks ago, former Oakland A’s star Dave Stewar was tested for COVID-19. Fortunately, he is feeling better now.

The coronavirus has struck the Oakland A’s family hard. Minor league manager Webster Garrison is battling for his life and has been on a ventilator in a Louisiana hospital. Prior to that news, A’s legend Dave Stewart had been tested for COVID-19 after his own health scare just about two weeks ago.

At the time, Stewart had been battling congestion and a cough. Given the ongoing epidemic, he was tested for the coronavirus as a precaution. Stewart made a point of stating that he did not have a fever, although he did have other symptoms of the virus.

Fortunately, Stewart is feeling better. He has lost 15 pounds, and is not completely healthy just yet, but he is making progress. More importantly, he tested negative for the virus, having just caught a nasty cold during a business trip to Mexico.

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Hopefully, when the season eventually begins, Stewart will be fully healthy and ready. He will be back on the A’s pre and postgame shows, and is slated to have his jersey retired this year. Initially, the retirement ceremony was slated to be on May 23, but given that the season is on haitus, that will likely take place later in the year.

When it happens, it is a worthy honor for Stewart. He had a tremendous run in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, a tremendous free agent acquisition from the scrap heap. Over his eight seasons in Oakland, he posted a 119-78 record with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.318 WHiP, striking out 1152 batters in his 1717.1 innings. His fearsome presence and devastating forkball led to an All Star berth, four top five finishes in the Cy Young vote, and an eighth place finish in the 1990 AL MVP race.

Stewart was equally fearsome in the postseason. He was named the ALCS MVP in 1989, and again in 1993 with the Blue Jays. Stewart was also named the 1989 World Series MVP, as he throttled the Giants in both appearances. Overall, he posted a 10-6 record, with a 2.77 ERA and a 1.105 WHiP in his 133 postseason innnings.

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Dave Stewart is feeling much better these days after his coronavirus scare. Fortunately, he will be around when the season begins.

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