2:57 PM PT — This just went from bad to worse for Yasiel Puig … the positive COVID test has reportedly torpedoed his deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Puig’s deal with the team was never finalized — it hinged on him passing a COVID-19 test, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Now, Rosenthal said the deal is off — he won’t be signing with the team — and remains a free agent as the season draws closer.
MLB outfielder Yasiel Puig says he just learned he has COVID-19… and will quarantine for the foreseeable future.
“Although I tested positive, I am asymptomatic, and I feel absolutely fine.”
“I will be quarantined until I receive 2 negative test results, which I hope will arrive shortly.”
Puig says he’s sad about his diagnosis — “but I believe that everything is in God’s timing and that my return to MLB will happen in His perfect plan and timing for me.”
“When I return to the field, I will do so knowing that I will have one less hurdle to overcome.”
FYI — the MLB’s 60-game season is set to finally begin with Opening Day on July 23 and 24.
Puig says he never believed it could happen to him … and is urging everyone to “take this pandemic seriously, this can happen to anyone, even the healthiest athlete.”
The 29-year-old ended his statement with a reminder to his fans to wear a mask, social distance, and follow your local protocols.
“Please take care of yourselves. I will see you all very soon when I return to play ball.”
Originally Published — 12:22 PM PT
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