New Orleans, La. – Former Midland RockHounds manager and player Webster Garrison is on a ventilator in New Orleans battling the coronavirus.
As soon as the A’s learned of Garrison’s diagnosis, they informed minor-league personnel and players that a staff member had been exposed to the virus, though the organization believes that exposure occurred after Garrison left the Oakland minor-league complex on March 13.
Garrison’s fiancee, Nikki Trudeaux from Destrehan, LA, says she also has the coronavirus and is in quarantine. The Louisiana native posted on Facebook asking for prayers for Garrison.
“I know we all are so overwhelmed with emotions right now. I am physically suffering from this virus as well. I am blessed to be able to cry out to God and ask for healing of my body and lungs unlike so many others. This man, my fiancé, Webster Garrison, the love of my life, is on a ventilator in the hospital, fighting for his life, and I can’t even be at his side! I’m asking, pleading, and begging you to help lift him and the entire world up in prayer! At 10pm every night our family and friends call out his name in prayer! Please join us!”
As news of Garrison’s medical condition spread Saturday, the Oakland organization issued a statement confirming that a minor-league staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 and was receiving treatment.
“We want to extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to our colleague for a speedy recovery. We are committed to providing him and his family with support and care. Every person on our team plays a critical role to our success and we look forward to his return to the field when he is healthy.”
Garrison has spent the past 22 years within the Oakland organization both as a coach and manager. He played for the Rockhounds in 1999 as an infielder, and was a manager for the Midland Double-A team during the 2004 and 2008 seasons. “Webby” recently served as the skipper for the Beloit Snappers in 2018 and Stockton Ports in 2019. He managed the Ports back in 2011-13, as well.
Garrison was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2nd round of the 1983 amateur draft.