Nationals-Phillies postponed due to COVID-19 outbreak

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.”

 
Washington Nationals

 

The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division. (wikipedia)

 
 
Trea Turner

 

Trea Vance Turner is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball . He played college baseball at North Carolina State. (wikipedia)

 
 
Philadelphia Phillies

 

The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the National League East division. Since 2004, (wikipedia)

 
 
Dave Martinez

 

David Martinez is an American professional baseball coach and former outfielder who is the manager for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball . (wikipedia)

 
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