Braves baseball is officially one week away from starting, and despite everything going on in the world, it appears all systems are go. It’s exciting, but at the same time, postponing the start of the regular season could do the Braves a bit of good.
That’s not going to happen, but if it did, it would give Freddie Freeman a few more days to test negative for the coronavirus. As of now, Brian Snitker doesn’t know if that will happen by Opening Day. Here’s what the Braves head man had to say following their intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday.
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Freeman tested positive a couple of weeks ago, and it took its toll on the Braves star. However, the latest reports are that he is feeling much better today. Still, that’s not enough for him to return to the field. To make sure this season goes smoothly, Major League Baseball has put together a strict testing process players have to go through to play, which includes multiple negative tests.
This virus has a tendency to stick around well after symptoms die down. Hopefully, Freeman will be back sooner rather than later, but the Braves have several options that can play first base if he isn’t available. Austin Riley is the most likely candidate, but Adam Duvall, Travis d’Arnaud, Charlie Culberson, and Johan Camargo can also man the position. However, in a 60-game season, not having Freeman for a few weeks would hurt the Braves odds of making the postseason substantially.