The Tampa Bay Rays' South Korean infielder Choi Ji-man will return home on Tuesday to continue his preparation for the Major League Baseball (MLB) season delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Choi's brother, Choi Jeong-won, said Monday that the 28-year-old first baseman will arrive at Incheon International Airport Tuesday afternoon and will undergo tests for COVID-19. Regardless of the results, Choi will quarantine himself for two weeks.

The player will not speak to the media at the airport, just west of Seoul, to ensure his own and others' safety, according to his brother.

Choi told the Tampa Bay Times newspaper last week that he decided to go home because he could better prepare for the new season that way, whenever it begins.