Braves Won't Quarantine Players Upon Return

Will Palaszczuk
June 24, 2020 - 4:49 pm
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The Atlanta Braves won't be subject to any kind of quarantine upon arrival in Atlanta, so said GM Alex Anthopoulos in a conference call Wednesday.

Anthopoulos spoke amid the news that MLB and the Players Association authorized a return to play for baseball, with the Braves reporting to camp by July 1.

"They can go home, I would expect some would stay in hotels, some will be in apartments and others already have a residence in Atlanta," Anthopoulos said. "There will be a very thorough screening process when they come in daily, [but] when they're in Atlanta, there free to live where they want to."

Anthopoulos said he's not aware of any positive COVID-19 tests or any health concerns amongst the players he expects to report, but says that information is "fluid".

The Braves will split their eligible pool of 60 total players, between Truist Park & Gwinnett's Coolray Field when they arrive next week.

MLB's guidelines for roster construction allow for any of those members to be eligible for call-up while the team is home, and three members to travel with the team on the road, provided one is a catcher. Teams will carry 30 players on their active roster for the first two weeks of the season, 28 for the next two weeks, and then 26 for the remainder of the season.

While Anthopoulos said they're still working through how they will handle social distancing protocols via MLB's new operations manual, he hopes to have concrete plans in place by the end of the week.

"We're prepared from an operational standpoint. Now it's just learning more of the rules. There's going to be a lot of work to be done getting players here," Anthopoulos said. "We're prepared for those things. We have time, we're trying to be very thorough and thoughtful about that."

The Braves will train for close to three weeks, with games scheduled to begin league-wide July 23rd & 24th. Atlanta will play 10 games each with its NL East counterparts, while the rest of the schedule will center around games against the AL East.

MLB expects to release the full schedule next week.