We had some shocking news just before Opening Day when it was reported that Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud would not travel with the team after showing symptoms of the coronavirus, even though they tested negative. Well, three days later, and the Braves just received the latest rounds of COVID-19 tests, and the two continue to test negative, The Athletic’s David O’Brien reports. And now, the team is optimistic they will be able to return to the club shortly, hoping that it is just a cold or flu.
#Braves catchers Tyler Flowers and Travis d'Arnaud have continued to test negative for COVID-19 since symptoms first appeared Wednesday. Team optimistic that both just sick with cold or flu, not the coronavirus.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) July 26, 2020
In the meantime, we’ve had our first opportunity to see William Contreras in the majors, who had his first at-bat yesterday and came up with a crucial double that led to a run in extra innings. And after Alex Jackson started the first two games of the season without much success at the plate, Contreras will get the nod tonight as the Braves take on the Mets at 7:00 PM ET in the rubber match of their three-game set.