Braves infielder Phil Gosselin is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery for a fracture suffered while fielding a ground ball Sunday.
Gosselin has played well in a part-time role this season, hitting .325 with a .782 OPS in 42 plate appearances, and the injury comes at a particularly bad time because with Chris Johnson hurt he was starting to see regular action at third base.
Now the Braves will likely turn back to Alberto Callaspo and they called up infielder Adonis Garcia from Triple-A to take Gosselin’s spot on the roster.
Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19. Really sick. According to his manager, Brian Snitker, Freeman is “not feeling great.” His wife paints a darker picture than that.
Freeman’s wife posted on Instagram that Freeman has “body aches, headaches, chills and a high fever.” She said “He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks,” she said. “We’ve been really strict for the last 4 months,” she wrote. “Haven’t gone to a grocery store, haven’t gone out to dinner once, haven’t seen our friends … and still got it.” She added, “Please take this virus seriously, wear a mask when in public and wash you hands frequently.”
Freeman is not the only Braves player felled by the virus: teammates Will Smith, Touki Toussaint, and Pete Kozma, tested positive for COVID-19 this past week as well.
Freeman, 30, is a four-time All-Star who set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season to help Atlanta win its second straight NL East title. He also won the Silver Slugger Award. Given that he is sick and symptomatic now, it’s likely that he will not be ready to begin the truncated 2020 season as scheduled.