The Nationals had been pressured to take a seat out the opening weekend of the 2021 MLB season due to a number of optimistic COVID-19 checks and speak to tracing. They now have a brand new date to start play.
MLB introduced Sunday evening that Washington will start its season Tuesday, April 6, in opposition to the Braves at Nationals Park in D.C. MLB.com reported the game is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET. The Nats will work out Monday forward of the brand new opener.
“The newest spherical of checks of Nationals personnel included no new positives,” MLB said in its statement. “The entire Membership’s eligible personnel will be capable of take part in baseball actions at Nationals Park on Monday.”
MLB postponed the Nationals’ three-game opening collection in opposition to the Mets (April 1-4) and their residence recreation Monday in opposition to the Braves as 4 Nats participant examined optimistic. Seven different gamers and two workers members have been pressured into quarantine due to contact tracing.
The workforce has not disclosed any of the names of the gamers concerned, however Nats basic supervisor Mike Rizzo informed reporters the “majority” of quarantined gamers had been on the workforce’s 26-man Opening Day roster.
Rizzo additionally mentioned the gamers who examined optimistic have proven enchancment of their situations. “Any signs that they could have been experiencing have subsided,” he informed reporters (per MLB.com). “They’re feeling a lot, significantly better.”
The Nationals might want to make a collection of roster strikes previous to Tuesday’s recreation. That may assist to verify who examined optimistic and who was pressured to quarantine. MLB.com reported that the workforce expects to name up wanted replacements from its alternate website in Fredericksburg, Va.
The Mets have returned no optimistic checks. They may start their season Monday at Philadelphia.
No make-up dates have been introduced for the postponed video games.