COBB COUNTY, Ga. — At least four Braves players have tested positive for COVID-19, manager Brian Snitker announced Saturday.
Channel 2′s Alison Mastrangelo is at Truist Park, where the Braves are holding workouts.
Snitker told reporters that Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, Touki Toussiant and Pete Kozma all tested positive.
The Braves manager said Freeman has a fever and symptoms.
“He’s running a fever,” Snitker said. “Talked to him this morning. He’s not feeling great. So it’ll be a while before we can get him back.”
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Kozma, who is one of the Gwinnett players available for Braves, has also shown symptoms. Smith and Toussiant are asymptomatic.
Snitker says @FreddieFreeman5 was running a fever and had symptoms . So he wasn’t feeling good. He says the guys have to realize, just because they test positive now doesn’t me they won’t get it again.— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonWSB) July 4, 2020
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Snitker said the team did all their intake testing Friday and they will conduct follow-up testing.
MLB and MLBPA have not identified players who tested positive, but the players gave consent for the team to release their names.
“I applaud Freddie, Will and all those guys for allowing me to say their names out here. It’s a good thing in our industry and shows other players that this is real. This virus is real,” Snitker said. “It’s something we have to be aware of and something that is serious if we’re going to continue on and play our game.”
Also... Nick says he was not in close contact when he saw Freddie on intake day. Nick says he was standing like 30 ft away and just waved at Freddie. https://t.co/SX3Totd36b— Alison Mastrangelo (@AlisonWSB) July 4, 2020
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