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Braves lose both catchers due to Covid-19 symptoms

Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud have tested negative for Covid-19, but are showing symptoms and will not play in the team’s opener against the Mets.

Travis d’Arnaud of the Atlanta Braves in action during the spring training game against the New York Yankees at Cool Today Park on February 28, 2020 in Venice, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves will be without either of their planned Opening Day catching options when they face the New York Mets on Friday. Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud are both experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, even though they both tested negative in their most recent run through the testing protocol, according to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman.

The Braves are in New York for their opening series with the Mets, but Flowers and d’Arnaud remain in Atlanta. The team announced shortly after the news broke that they have recalled catchers Alex Jackson and William Contreras.