Snitker said the team were cautious because “we had guys who tested negative and the next day they tested positive. “First baseman Freddie Freeman and right-hander Touki Toussaint are back with the squad and on the opening list after testing positive at the start of summer camp. Left-handed reliever Will Smith and infielder Pete Kozma did not return after testing positive.
Snitker said the team are trying to avoid contact between catchers and other players in case they test positive.
Next on catcher are Alex Jackson and William Contreras. Jackson is listed as the starter for Friday’s game.
Snitker called Jackson “a very strong receiver” who hit “a few home runs” in summer camp.
“He should feel good about himself,” Snitker said.
The official added that Flowers and Arnaud will continue to be tested.
“I don’t know if it’s not just a bad cold, but these days you’re being careful,” Snitker said. “If that happened a year ago, you would bring them in and treat them and they would probably still be available.