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Baseball: Free agent Yasiel Puig says he has COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: Los Angeles Dodgers batter Yasiel Puig reacts after being tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill during the top of the third innings in their Major League Baseball game at the Sydney Cricket Ground March 23, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

(Reuters) - Free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig on Friday said he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was quarantining but added that he was asymptomatic and felt “absolutely fine.”

The 29-year-old Cuban slugger was reportedly set to join the Atlanta Braves when the shortened 60-game season kicks off next week but the deal fell through following the test result, the Athletic reported.

“I would have never believed looking in the mirror that I had COVID-19,” Puig wrote on Twitter.

“I urge everyone to take this pandemic seriously, this can happen to anyone, even the healthiest athlete.

“Wear a mask, social distance, and follow your local protocols. Please take care of yourselves. I will see you all very soon when I return to play ball.”

Puig, who was an All-Star in 2014 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, said he would remain quarantined until he received two negative test results.

“When I return to the field, I will do so knowing that I will have one less hurdle to overcome,” he said.

Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; Editing by Ken Ferris

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