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4 Washington Nationals players and 8 staff members tested positive for COVID-19


Four Washington Nationals players and eight staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to the team manager, forcing Major League Baseball to call off the team’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Dave Martinez, the Nationals manager, announced the positive cases of COVID at a press conference on Wednesday. Martinez said shortstop Trea Turner was one of the players who tested positive and said only one of the positive cases was from a person who was not vaccinated.

“Some guys are asymptomatic, some are symptomatic. It’s unfortunate that this has happened, but we have to follow MLB protocols,” Martinez said. “I am really concerned for the health and safety of everyone in our clubhouse, and everyone else who may be affected.”

In a statement, the Nationals said the game had been postponed “to allow further testing and contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization.”

4 Washington Nationals players and 8 staff members tested positive for COVID-19
A view of an empty Citizens Bank Park on July 28, 2021, in Philadelphia.

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The game is currently rescheduled for Thursday afternoon and will be played in doubles.

“So far no one has gotten very sick, which is a good thing. I think the vaccinations have helped a lot,” Martinez said, according to MLB.com. “Again, I encourage people to get vaccinated. Like I said, it helps – I see it with my own eyes. Guys who get sick, it’s kind of a little cold, but They are fine.”

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