Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season.
The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.
"Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough," Markakis said. "It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that's going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes."
Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Felix Hernandez said he wouldn't play.
Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.
Gallo tests positive
All-Star slugger Joey Gallo tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the Rangers outfielder who is asymptomatic to miss the start of summer camp after being among teammates who had worked out at their new ballpark for several weeks before that.
Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said that Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. He was isolating at his apartment and away from teammates.
• Brewers manager Craig Counsell said shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process. Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.
• Phillies ace Aaron Nola reported to camp after waiting a few extra days because he was in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus. Nola did not test positive and was cleared to return.
• Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will undergo surgery on his lower back and miss the upcoming season.