The Braves announced that outfielder Nick Markakis is headed to the injured list after he was “potentially exposed to COVID-19.” Markakis tested negative for the virus, but the Braves noted they want to take a cautious approach.
Of course, this news further explains why the Braves promoted outfield prospect Cristian Pache to the majors earlier this afternoon. Markakis is now the second regular in their outfield to land on the shelf since the weekend, as the Braves previously placed Ronald Acuna Jr. on the IL with a left wrist injury. They’re now down to Pache, Marcell Ozuna, Ender Inciarte and Adam Duvall as their main options in the grass.
Before the regular season began, Markakis was one of several notable veterans around baseball to opt out over coronavirus concerns. However, shortly after the season started, the 36-year-old did a 180 and opted back in. The move has paid off handsomely for Atlanta, as Markakis has batted a stellar .353/.421/.618 in 38 plate appearances. Unfortunately, though, his season will come to a halt for an unknown period of time.
So since it is covid related is it still a 10 day stint?
No there’s no minimum or maximum. They can be taken off at any time or be on for as long as needed.
So they could bring him back in 2 or 3 days possibly?
He could theoretically come back tomorrow. Provided he doesn’t show symptoms and continues to test negative, I’d imagine he’d be back for the weekend series against Philadelphia.
You can’t make this stuff up.
I swear we are cursed this year. But so are a lot of other teams. Arguably the hottest hitter on the team since he came back. #ProfessionalHitter
By “we” do you mean the world?
Sheep8, we are the world, we are the children.
I saw yall last night for the first time. Looks like Swanson is having a pretty good year.
Yeah, d’Arnaud looks like the best hitter while Swanson is becoming a catalyst. Glad we are finding some silver linings.
Yeah guys have stepped up. I loved the d’Arnaud signing and he’s living up to it.
Swanson is streaky but really clutch. He started out hot then cooled off and is getting hot again, but he’s always come up with clutch hits, just like his brother.
I don’t think he’s a top of the order hitter, definitely not a lead-off hitter. Once Acuna and/or Albies return, I’d imagine Swanson will settle in nicely in that 6 or 7 spot.
Swanson is a good,MLB player. In my opinion, he gives the Braves an advantage should Cleveland decide to move Lindor. In addition to prospects the Indians might want, they can give them Swanson as Lindor’s SS replacement, Swanson obviously isn’t Lindor, but he’s a steady presence who plays that position. A top outfield prospect (the Braves have them), a pitching prospect, and Swanson would be a nice return for Cleveland. And the Braves would be even better on both sides of the ball. Imagine hitting Acuna, Albies, and Lindor ahead of Freeman? It would be something to see.
This proposal would be dead in the water. Why would the Braves give up so much for barely over a year of control for lindor? They could just wait and sign him rather then give a top outfield prospect and Dansby.
At least he’s like chipper and never misses a beat when he gets back.
Oh, the irony.
you mean coincidence
No, I mean what does ironic mean?
Name that TV show!
Yasiel Puig should be clear by now.
FredMcGriff for the HOF
Braves will pass on Puig. Thanks anyways!
Crime Dog deserves to be in the hall, especially in the era *cough cough* that he played in with the numbers he put up. Played on good teams and was a class act. Ran into him a few times at Devil Ray games in the past after his playing days, always took the time to speak with any fan that approached him and always with a smile on his face.
Im the Crime Dogs biggest fan.
The ’94 strike probably prevented him from getting to 500 career HRs. He was on a tear that year. Maybe the HOF veteran’s committee may vote him in.
Just wow. Wtf
Hopefully he is only off a couple days and passes a couple more tests and is back in the lineup this weekend. Better to be safe than sorry. They could have taken the cardinals/Marlins approach and possibly had the next 2 weeks off because of an outbreak. We don’t want 7 inning double headers for the rest of the season i don’t think
Aren’t we all potentially exposed every day? This is ridiculous.
I wear a mask and don’t go near to people I don’t know. So no, not potentially exposed every day.
A mask doesn’t prevent you from getting it and neither does only going around people you know.
Uh, no, we aren’t all potentially exposed every day.
Potential exposure is more than just someone who went to pick up some take out food and potentially could have crossed paths with an infected person. It means there is some specific cause for concern. Hope he’s alright!
Potential exposure simply means potential exposure. If he came across someone who has it, it’s considered an exposure. I deal with this crap on a daily basis 40 hours a week so I know the difference.
DTD_ATL It’s either be cautious and play it safe or take unnecessary extra risk of ending up in a Marlins situation.
The Marlins situation is an entirely different situation altogether.
So does that mean he broke protocol or that someone else on the team is known to be positive?
um no? its not like they are in a bubble.
Hopefully he recovers quick. Still ones of my favorites. Seriously loved him in Baltimore and it made me actually feel sick to my stomach. Good thing i actually like the Braves too. Definitely not my favorite but 2nd or 3rd
The Human Rain Delay
Excited too see Pache in the OF –
Ive heard quite a few Griffey comps on him in CF
Wait… where is the “Nick shouldnt be going to the casino/ bar/ brothel, doesnt he know he can spread covid to his teammates”?
Because he isn’t on the Cardinals?
Or the Indians?