Blue Jays' Matz tested positive for COVID-19, team results are negative

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Steven Matz throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Houston Astros in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, June 6, 2021. (Joshua Bessex/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays say Steven Matz is symptom free after testing positive for COVID-19, while follow-up results for the team all came back negative, per Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.

Davidi reports Matz will have to isolate for at least 10 days starting from when he received the positive PCR test.

The club placed the left-handed starter on the COVID-related injured list Sunday.

As of last Monday, the Blue Jays had more than 85 per cent of Tier 1 individuals vaccinated, which allows for reduced protocols at and away from the ballpark. It is not publicly known whether Matz has been vaccinated.

Matz last pitched in the team's 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox, when he threw 5.2 innings, scattered four hits and gave up just a single earned run as he picked up his seventh victory of the season.

The 30-year-old has put together an impressive campaign with the Blue Jays, his first with the club after an off-season trade from the New York Mets. Matz boasts a 7-3 record with a 4.26 ERA and 75 strikeouts.

The Blue Jays wrap up their four-game set vs. the Red Sox on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET / 4:10 p.m. PT on Sportsnet ONE and SN Now.

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