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Nick Markakis of the Braves opts back in to MLB season

July 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis waits to take batting during baseball spring training, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Saying he might have made a rash decision, Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis said Wednesday he is opting back into the Major League Baseball season three weeks after he opted out.

(CNN)Saying he might have made a rash decision, Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis said Wednesday he is opting back into the Major League Baseball season three weeks after he opted out.

At the time I thought it was the right decision, and it still could be the right decision, but I'm going against my decision," Markakis said from the Braves stadium.

The veteran right fielder was placed on the restricted list July 7 after he talked to a teammate who was infected with Covid-19 at the time, prompting Markakis to decide to stay home for the year with his family.

"Sitting at home, watching these guys compete the last couple of days and all the risks they're going through going out there, in a way deep down in the pit of my stomach I felt I needed to be out there," he said.

This is the 15th season for Markakis, 36, who had one of the beast seasons of his career in 2018 when he was an All-Star, won a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove award.

When Markakis announced he was opting out, Braves Manager Brian Snitker called him "one of the backbones of our club. "

Markakis said his family helped him make the decision to return.

The Braves, one of the second favorites to win the National League, were playing their home opener Wednesday.

It is unclear when Markakis will rejoin the team.

Markakis told reporters that he has been working out.

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