The Washington Nationals postponed their Wednesday night time recreation in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies after a dozen gamers and employees members examined optimistic for the coronavirus.
In a statement, the Nationals mentioned the sport was postponed to “enable for continued testing and make contact with tracing involving members of the Nationals group.”
The wave of infections got here after a Nationals shortstop, Trea Turner, left through the first inning of Tuesday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Phillies after testing optimistic for the virus.
Dave Martinez, supervisor of the Nationals, advised reporters that 4 gamers, together with Turner, and eight employees members have been among the many optimistic circumstances, ESPN reported.
Mr. Martinez additionally advised reporters he believed that one of many dozen circumstances was an individual who’s unvaccinated, based on ESPN.
The Nationals are amongst many M.L.B. groups which have been in a position to loosen security protocols after reaching the 85 p.c vaccination threshold set by the league. Gamers and coaches on these groups would not have to put on masks within the dugout or bullpen throughout video games, can work out with out masks in weight rooms and are topic to much less frequent testing for the virus.
The Nationals had an outbreak firstly of the season that pressured a collection in opposition to the New York Mets to be postponed in April after 4 Nationals gamers and a employees member examined optimistic.
This month, after a number of New York Yankees gamers examined optimistic, that staff needed to postpone its July 15 recreation in opposition to the Boston Pink Sox.
The Nationals and Phillies are set to make up the Wednesday recreation as a part of a doubleheader on Thursday.