Bobby Dalbec details his road back from COVID-19

Rob Bradford
July 15, 2020 - 5:22 pm

Bobby Dalbec is back. But it has been a long couple of months to get here.

Speaking with the media on a Zoom call Wednesday, the Red Sox prospect detailed his battle back after contracting COVID-19.

“I originally tested positive on June 8 and I was asymptomatic the entire time," said the first baseman. "No spike in fever. I never felt tired. No body aches, nothing. I had my taste and smell the whole time. I obviously consider myself lucky that the way I did get it was that way. I was fortunate. Other than that, I felt good the whole time. Was just ready to get back playing and doing my thing."

He added, "I’m glad to be back and working out everyday conditioning and getting back in shape after sitting around in the room for a while. It’s good to be back."

Dalbec was activated to the Red Sox' player pool Saturday, spending the majority of his time easing his way back while working out at Boston College. It has been a far cry from those days immediately after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

"I think the first day I was a little nervous but after that, I just tried to calm myself down," said Dalbec. "If it happens, it happens, and I’ll take the necessary steps to get better. I felt good the whole time. I wasn’t careless with anything, I followed all the guidelines and the rules and self-isolated and everything so I’m glad it worked out the way it did."

It would seem that Dalbec would be on the outside looking in when it comes to making the 30-man Opening Day roster. But his presence with the big-league club promises value to both the player and the club considering the possibility of his role in the major leagues in 2021.

"I’m never going to say I can’t contribute," he said. "I always feel ready to go. It’s just when they feel I’m ready to go."