Tommy John has been battling COVID-19 for at least three weeks, but the former great left-handed pitcher is also fighting claims that he denies the existence of the coronavirus.
“I’m not a Holocaust denier, I got it,” John said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.
John, 77, remains hospitalized near his home in Indio, California. He said he started to feel ill after a trip to Nashville before being hospitalized on December 13.
John has indicated that he had to overcome pneumonia and had to be given oxygen, which is not currently the case.
So far John says he has lost a lot of strength in his legs, but he hasn’t lost his senses of taste or smell.
” I feel good. Right now I’m trying to find someone to help me do physiotherapy from my home, ”he mentioned.
John wore the colors of six teams during a 26-year Major League career, from 1963 to 1989.
He is widely known for having undergone reconstruction surgery for the ulnar collateral ligament on his left arm in 1974. The operation now bears his name.
He then had three 20-game winning seasons, one with the Los Angeles Dodgers, in 1977, and two with the New York Yankees, in 1979 and 1980.
While John does not deny the existence of the coronavirus, his son has been more vehement.
Tommy John III, a chiropractor who lives in San Diego, spoke on social media, saying “this has never been a pandemic.”