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Freddie Freeman and Touki Toussaint have been cleared to return

A breath of fresh air after troubling news!

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That sound you hear is a collective breath by Braves fans across the city as Freddie Freeman and Touki Toussaint not only have been cleared to return but are already out on the field today!

It has been a journey for Freeman who was hit particularly hard by the virus, a battle that was described as “intense” and ended up having an impact on Nick Markakis decision to opt out of the season.

Brian Snitker had some thoughts on Freeman potentially returning, seen below:

That being said any kind of improvement from this virus is absolutely welcoming news and it is safe to say the Braves will allow Freeman all the time he needs to completely recover before he sees any kind of in-game action.

Touki Toussaint was also cleared to return and provides the Braves with another valuable arm that could have a meaningful impact on the shortened season. Good news all around for the Braves today, and most importantly for Freeman and Toussaint.

Unfortunately, the same could not be said for marquee acquisition Will Smith who has not yet been cleared to return but is going through the protocol.

Edit**

Kevin McAlpin spoke with Freeman and had this to say about Freeman potentially returning for Opening Day.

The Athletic Braves beat writer David O’Brien also had this to say about Freeman’s return:

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