Braves Down 2 Catchers to COVID Symptoms

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The two primary catchers for the Atlanta Braves won't be with the team for Friday's Opening Day game against the New York Mets due to symptoms consistent with potential COVID-19 infections.

Braves manager Brian Snitker told the media Friday morning that while both Travis d'Arnaud & Tyler Flowers tested negative for the coronavirus, they both remained in Atlanta for fear of infecting the rest of the team in case of a false negative test.

Snitker had held out hope that one or both players would be able to join the team in New York on Friday with an emergency flight from Atlanta, but both players are still showing symptoms. Either player can be eligible to play right away if they continue to test negative for COVID-19 and their symptoms improve.

Both Alex Jackson & William Contreras have been activated for Friday's opener against the Mets, with Jackson expected to get most of the playing time while the team awaits clarity on d'Arnaud & Flowers.

Jackson will bat in the 9-hole Friday for the Braves.

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