CBSN

Brewers ban high fives to avoid spread of pink eye

Francisco Rodriguez #57 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with Jonathan Lucroy #20 after the 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on September 27, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mike McGinnis, Getty Images

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Milwaukee Brewers will have to find a new way to celebrate for the next few spring training games. The team has banned high fives to avoid the spread of pink eye.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitching coach Rick Kranitz became the latest victims Thursday. They will be staying home for 48 hours in hopes of stopping the spread of the annoying and highly contagious malady.

"We've been going through it for a while and it seems like a couple of more show up every day," manager Ron Roenicke said.

The team won't high five until the outbreak is over. The Brewers play the Mariners Friday afternoon.

The team may want to encourage fist bumps.

A 2014 study found that a fist bump transmits just one-twentieth the amount of bacteria that a handshake does. It is also a less germy option than a high-five, which still spreads less than half the amount of germs typically spread through a handshake, the research found.

Pink eye, or conjunctivitis, refers to a swelling of the thin layer that lines the inside of the eyelid and covers the white part of the eye, what's known as the conjunctiva. Symptoms include itching, a pink or a red color in the white of the eye, discharge and crusting.