Ex-MLB manager Howe ‘better’ after virus battle

Former major league player and manager Art Howe was released from a hospital in Houston on Sunday after spending time in intensive care last week with the coronavirus.

“Relief, back in my own bedroom, it’s just sweet,” he told multiple media outlets. “It was a long five days or so. I’m finally feeling a little bit better. Still not able to eat real good, taste buds are giving me a hard time. It’s just nice to be back home and hopefully continue to progress.”

He said that he will have to be isolated at his home for another week to two weeks.

Howe, 73, told Houston TV station KPRC 2 last week that he first felt COVID-19 symptoms on May 3 and learned he was positive two days after being tested. After trying to recover at home, he was transported to a hospital by ambulance Tuesday after his symptoms grew worse.

Howe spent 12 seasons in the majors as a player, primarily at second base and third base for the Pirates, Astros and Cardinals, and 14 seasons as a manager for the Astros, Athletics and Mets.

He most recently was the Rangers’ bench coach in 2007 and ’08.

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