Outfield Yasiel Puig announced on Twitter this afternoon that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Puig was reportedly set to sign with the Atlanta Braves prior to his positive test.
"I am sorry to share with my fans, friends, and family who follow me and who really support me, that I have just been notified that I have tested positive for COVID-19," Puig's statement reads.
"Although I tested positive, I am asymptomatic, and I feel absolutely fine. I will be quarantined until I receive two negative test results, which I hope will arrive shortly."
Reports came out on Tuesday that Puig was signing with the Braves. The deal was pending a physical, so presumably Puig's positive test means that the deal doesn't get done.
The Braves were set to get a talented outfield bat in Puig, which was much needed since Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season. Puig could also have served as a designated hitter since the National League has adopted the DH for this year.
I would assume it's still possible the Braves could work out a deal with Puig once he produces two negative tests, but this complicates things and makes it seem way less likely that we see him in a Braves uniform this season.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.