PHILADELPHIA – Four players and eight employees of the Washington Nationals have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.
The postponement came a day after Nationals star Tree Turner was ruled out of the game against Philadelphia in the first innings after his positive test for the virus.
Washington manager Dave Martinez said Turner was among four players who tested positive. He did not recognize the others.
The National-Phillies matchup was to be made as part of a doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m.
It was the ninth MLB game this year that was canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The Nationals had called off their season-opening series at home against the New York Mets due to virus issues.
MLB announced the suspension of the National-Phillies about 90 minutes before the start of games at Citizens Bank Park and said the timing would allow for “continuous testing and contact tracing involving members of the national organization”.
Last year, 45 MLB games were postponed due to the virus during the pandemic’s short season. All but two of them were eventually made.