ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman would not know if he has time to be ready for the Atlanta Braves’ opener.
Subsequent a terrifying practical experience with COVID-19, Freeman is grateful to even have a prospect.
On Saturday, the 4-time All-Star unveiled he experienced a substantial temperature of 104.5 degrees early in his battle with the sickness and prayed for his life.
“I mentioned a small prayer that night,” Freeman claimed in a movie convention simply call. “I have by no means been that hot prior to. My physique was seriously, actually incredibly hot. … I stated ‘Please do not consider me’ since I was not ready.”
Freeman mentioned the fever was down to 101 the pursuing morning and broke two times later on. He claimed Saturday was his ninth consecutive day without having signs, which also bundled human body aches, chills and a short-term reduction of his senses of taste and smell. He explained two other customers of his domestic, his wife and aunt, are recovering following optimistic tests.
“I really feel fantastic,” he mentioned. “I only misplaced a single pound. … I didn’t shed any toughness.”
Freeman noted to Truist Park for a exercise routine on Friday only about an hour right after acquiring his 2nd unfavorable take a look at for the coronavirus, which gained him professional medical clearance to play.
Freeman’s appreciation of getting back with the staff was obvious. The Braves posted movie on the team’s Twitter account of Freeman, carrying his bat and glove, expressing “This is amazing” as he walked out of the dugout and seemed out at the area on Friday.
“I really feel like I am a kid in a sweet keep again,” he explained Saturday. “You forget about at times how considerably you really like this video game. I did genuinely miss it. I was so energized when I bought to the lawn.”
The Braves are thrilled Freeman is back again.
“Of course when you get your very best player again it is a constructive issue and a superior matter,” supervisor Brian Snitker claimed. “I am psyched for him and us, also.”
Freeman established vocation highs with 38 property runs and 121 RBIs past season to enable Atlanta get its second straight NL East title. He put fourth in the MVP voting in 2018.
Freeman’s return was perfectly timed. No cost-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig tested positive for the coronavirus just after agreeing to indication with Atlanta. The optimistic take a look at voided the deal.
Puig was projected to be a alternative for Nick Markakis, who opted out of the season following chatting on the phone with Freeman.
“Sad to say that was my worst working day,” Freeman mentioned, including he didn’t try out to impact the selection by Markakis when the two spoke once again days later.
“He just was not into it and I completely, totally get it,” Freeman reported.
Snitker programs to give Freeman as a lot of at-bats as doable in intrasquad game titles and exhibition video games in opposition to Miami planned for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Asked what he is seeking to see from Freeman, Snitker claimed, “I never consider I have to appear for everything. If he’s out there he is likely to be prepared.”
Freeman stated his legs were being sore on Saturday following his exercise routine on Friday. The Braves open up the season up coming Friday at the New York Mets.
Freeman was 1 of four teammates to test good at the commence of summer season camp. Right-hander Touki Toussaint, who had no indicators, also returned Friday. Left-handed reliever Will Smith and infielder Pete Kozma have not returned.
Freeman wore a facial area mask all through a video clip job interview and mentioned he’ll continue on to acquire safeguards.
“It truly is incredibly serious,” he explained, introducing that his relatives “did anything right” to prevent the disease. “It still somehow acquired to me.”