Major League Baseball postponed Wednesday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies after four players and eight staff members of the Nationals tested positive for COVID-19.
Previously on Tuesday, Nationals’ Trea Turner was removed from the game against the Phillies during the first inning after his COVID-19 test returned positive.
According to manager David Martinez, there were three other Nationals players who tested positive. Martinez did not identify them by name.
“I’m just worried about the guys, I really am,” said Martinez. “It’s been a tough go. This doesn’t make it any easier.”
He added that only one of the four players who tested positive was not vaccinated. They all showed no, or only minor, symptoms. He believed the vaccines helped to prevent or to limit symptoms.
Sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN that some cases came from those given the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Martinez said that those who tested positive would have another round of tests for confirmation. He might have to call up players from Triple-A Rochester to be able to field a full roster for Thursday’s game.
“We’re going to have to add, I’m sure,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll be talking to [GM Mike Rizzo] all night long.”