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Rays have a connection to Trump, but no coronavirus concern

Reliever Sean Gilmartin, who is married to press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, has been with team in quarantine since Sept. 22.
Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin is married to Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin is married to Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Oct. 2, 2020
Updated Oct. 2, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — President Donald Trump’s positive test for COVID-19 has raised questions about the possibility of infections spreading to members of his staff and their families.

That is not a concern for Rays pitcher Sean Gilmartin, who is married to Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, team officials said.

Gilmartin has been in the team’s Major League Baseball-mandated quarantine since Sept. 22 at a downtown St. Petersburg hotel, allowed to leave only to go to Tropicana Field via a team bus.

That stay includes the four days between when he was designated for assignment on Monday, cleared waivers and was re-added to the team’s 40-player postseason pool on Thursday.

The only family members the players can be in contact with have to be quarantined with them. McEnany, who is from Tampa, was not with Gilmartin during that time.

She has been on the job in Washington and traveling with the president. She is among the White House officials who were in direct contact with Trump and therefore could have concerns about possible exposure.

Gilmartin, 30, participated in the Rays' workout this afternoon at Tropicana Field and then fly with the team to San Diego, where it opens play in the American League Division Series on Monday.

He is not expected to be on the 28-man active roster for the best-of-five series but will be one of the 12 reserves who could be added if another player is injured or for the next round. The lefty reliever has pitched in two games for the Rays with an 8.31 ERA.

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