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After COVID outbreak, Nats to open season Tuesday vs. Braves – Washington, District of Columbia

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Washington (AP) — After the Major League Baseball has been postponed, the Nationals will start the season by hosting the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday …

Washington (AP) —The Nationals will host the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday after Major League Baseball postponed the opening round of the team’s three-game series on Monday due to a coronavirus outbreak involving 11 Washington players. Start the season.

“The latest test results from Nationals personnel did not include new positives,” said an MLB statement sent Sunday night. “All qualified personnel (in Washington) will be able to participate in baseball activities at Nationals Park on Monday.”

Four Nationals players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week and have been quarantined. Meanwhile, another seven have been quarantined because contact tracing determined that they may have been ill.

General manager Mike Rizzo said on Sunday that if the three-game set against Atlanta began on Monday, all 11 of them (but not all, but the majority of them would be on the first day’s roster. T) said it was not available. Rizzo has not publicly identified any of the players involved, or the two staff members who have been quarantined due to potential exposure.

Washington hasn’t played yet this season. The opening three game series at home with the New York Mets on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday has been postponed.

“Believe me, we’re always in touch with MLB,” Rizzo said in a video call with a reporter on Sunday afternoon while still waiting for a decision on Monday’s match.

Rizzo has categorically insisted that Washington need to do teamwork out before it can play against its opponents. The pitcher was able to go to the national park one Saturday and one Sunday and throw a bullpen session.

“The fielder didn’t go well for a week. And the pitcher isn’t throwing a competitive pitch in the same period. This is what we’re doing very seriously here. , Under the protocol and guidance, we are thinking of creative ways to prepare these people as much as possible, “Ritzo said.

“It makes a lot of sense for baseball to protect players before we get out on the field, letting these guys experience their pace with full training,” he added.

The active NL East Champion Braves was 0-3, finishing the season’s opening round and scoring a total of three runs at the Philadelphia Phillies.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said in the afternoon that the club expects to play on Monday until he hears something else before the MLB decision.

“This is the era of COVID. Everything is in flux,” Snicker said.

The Nationals and Braves will face each other on Tuesday and Wednesday. The 2019 World Series Champion, who was the last tie in last season’s division, will take a break on Thursday before heading to the road trip starting at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday.

MLB did not announce when the first four games of Washington’s schedule would take place.

Rizzo said the four athletes who tested positive were “much better” and added that all previous symptoms had subsided.

“We now want to do everything we can to put this in the bud,” Rizzo said. “So when we’re talking about (about) the next few days, I think it’s very much taken into account.”

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