Coronavirus: Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman, 3 teammates test positive

Coronavirus: Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman, 3 teammates test positive
Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman and three of his teammates tested positive for the coronavirus. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

ATLANTA — Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman’s wife is urging people to take the coronavirus seriously after her husband and three teammates tested positive for COVID-19.

Manager Brian Snitker told reporters that Freeman, Will Smith, Touki Toussiant and Pete Kozma all have the virus. Only Freeman and Kozma have symptoms, WSB-TV reported.

On Saturday, Chelsea Freeman posted on Instagram, writing that her husband has had body aches, chills, headaches and a high fever since Thursday. The All-Star first baseman is 30 years old.

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“He is someone who literally never gets sick, and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks,” Chelsea Freeman told WSB.

She added that her family has been practicing strict social distancing for the last four months.

“Haven’t gone to a grocery store, haven’t gone out to dinner once, haven’t seen our friends and only allowed family at our house and we still got it,” Chelsea Freeman wrote on Instagram. “Please take this virus seriously, wear a mask when in public and wash your hands frequently.”

Freeman said the rest of her family, including the couple’s son Charlie, are OK and thanked everyone for their support and prayers.

Snitker said the team did all their intake testing Friday and they will conduct follow-up testing.

MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association 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.”