Not a good start to the MLB season for Washington.
The Nationals grapple with coronavirus concerns to start the 2021 season, which allowed for a sour opening day for Nats and Mets fans, with rivals NL East having to postpone the season opener that would have launched a three-game weekend swing.
Now there are more than a handful of players facing positive COVID-19 tests in Washington, leading to the postponement of this weekend’s opening series.
While both teams should still be back on the pitch anytime soon, with a full 162-game roster this year, neither team can afford long layoffs, even with double-title rules in play. seven rounds in place this year.
Here’s what we know about the outbreak and when we can expect both teams to play ball in 2021:
Why the Nationals vs. Have they been postponed?
On Wednesday, March 31, the Nationals were informed that one of their players had returned a positive test, just over a day before Washington was ready to host the Mets for the start of opening day at 7:09 p.m. ET.
On Thursday, four additional players and a member of staff were placed in quarantine for close contact with the initial positive test, which was carried out on Monday, the last day of spring training.
Three other Nationals members have tested positive and five players in total are in quarantine, leaving them ineligible for their possible restart on Monday against the Braves.
National general manager Mike Rizzo said on Thursday he was unable to release the names of positive players, nor does he believe players caught the coronavirus by breaking COVID protocols. -19.
“I have the utmost confidence that this was not a player-breaking protocol.” – Mike Rizzo on the national epidemic.
– Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) April 1, 2021
In addition, the other players on the Nats site do not have positive tests, which means Washington can rely on replacement players for the time being if necessary.
The Mets, with no COVID-19 issue, are expected to be in Philadelphia to begin their season this Monday, April 5.