9:35pm: The Braves and Nationals will play on Tuesday, in keeping with an announcement from Main League Baseball. “The newest spherical of check outcomes of Nationals personnel included no new positives. The entire Membership’s eligible personnel will be capable of take part in baseball actions at Nationals Park on Monday,” the league’s assertion reads. Monday’s recreation shall be postponed, and particulars are nonetheless forthcoming on when that recreation and the sequence with the Mets shall be made up.
9:03pm: Discussions are nonetheless “ongoing” in regards to the standing of Monday’s recreation, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post writes, and no official announcement a few postponement has been made. The Nats have but to carry a full-team exercise, and Rizzo instructed Dougherty and different reporters that he was “involved” about the opportunity of taking part in after “a really, very quick exercise schedule earlier than” Monday’s recreation begins.
6:00pm: Monday’s recreation between the Braves and Nationals has been postponed, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal stories (Twitter link). The 2 sides are nonetheless planning to take the sphere for Tuesday’s scheduled recreation.
1:49pm: A couple of extra folks have entered quarantine as shut contacts, GM Mike Rizzo instructed reporters (including Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com and Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington). Thankfully, the Nationals’ most up-to-date set of exams all got here again adverse. Nobody who examined constructive continues to undergo from signs. The “majority” of the gamers affected by the scenario have been anticipated to open the yr on Washington’s lively roster, Rizzo says. All instructed, eleven gamers and two workers members are in quarantine.
9:07am: The Nationals’ season-opening sequence was postponed resulting from COVID-19 unfold inside the group. As issues presently stand, Washington is scheduled to host the Braves tomorrow afternoon to kick off their season. Even when the staff is ready to return, they’ll be with no handful of key gamers.
Kyle Schwarber, Jon Lester, Josh Harrison and Alex Avila are among the many gamers anticipated to be sidelined if the Nationals start play early subsequent week, stories Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Publish (Twitter link). 4 Nats gamers have examined constructive for the coronavirus, whereas 5 extra are presently in quarantine as shut contacts. It isn’t clear which (if any) of Schwarber, Lester, Harrison and Avila have examined constructive versus being shut contacts. Beneath the league’s 2021 well being and security protocols, a person who exams constructive is topic to a 10-day quarantine interval, whereas shut contacts are topic to seven-day quarantines. The identities of the opposite 5 gamers presently in quarantine usually are not but recognized.
Avila’s potential absence may’ve performed a task within the Nationals’ choice to signal veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy to a minor-league deal final night time. If Avila is pressured to overlook time, Washington could be all the way down to Yan Gomes and Tres Barrera as the one catchers on the 40-man roster. Barrera, initially optioned to the alternate coaching website, was among the many handful of gamers reportedly slated to be recalled within the unfold’s preliminary aftermath.