WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDVM) – The Washington Nationals have been cleared through Major League Baseball, to begin their season on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves; after another round of tests came back with negative results for COVID-19.
This decision will give players a chance to have a full workout in the ballpark on Monday. The Nationals currently have 11 players in quarantine, including a player who was added today, because of protocols enforced through the District of Columbia Department of Health. In total, there are 13 members of the club that will not be available for Tuesday’s game, because of their mandatory quarantine.
During their full workout on Monday; key players from the team’s roster were missing, including shortstop Trea Turner, first baseman Josh Bell, catchers Yan Gomes, and Alex Avila, starters Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester, left fielder Kyle Schwarber, second baseman Josh Harrison, closer Brad Hand, and infielder Jordy Mercer.
“I truly believe we’re going to be fine.” said skipper Davey Martinez, when asked about entering their first game with a depleted roster. “We haven’t set our roster yet, but with the guys we got here; these guys were in our alternate site. We believe, at some point in time, that they were going to help us throughout this year. So it happened a little earlier than expected, but they look good.”
Because of this move by Major League Baseball; the Nationals have a fourth consecutive game that has been postponed because of the COVID-19 outbreak in the ball club.
Makeup dates for the series against the New York Mets, and the Atlanta Braves game will be announced at a later date.
“It was nice for all of us to get on the field again, and get ready for everyone to play baseball tomorrow.” said Davey Martinez, when asked about his emotions after going through the last few days. “Can’t wait to see the fans, I’ve said that before. Excited that the fans – 5000 of our fans come back to the ballpark, so that is gonna be exciting as well.”