Nats’ game ppd. due to 12 positive COVID cases

A COVID-19 outbreak within the Washington Nationals organization has forced the postponement of Wednesday’s scheduled game in Philadelphia.

According to Nationals manager Dave Martinez, the team currently has 12 positive cases, including four players and eight staffers/coaches.

One of those players is All-Star shortstop Trea Turner, who was pulled in the first inning of Tuesday’s game after returning a positive result.

Martinez said he believes one of the 12 people who tested positive is unvaccinated. Sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan that a number of the breakthrough cases came from those given the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

MLB announced the Nationals-Phillies postponement little over an hour before the game was set to begin at Citizens Bank Park, and said that would allow for “continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization.”

The game was then scheduled to be made up as part of a straight doubleheader on Thursday starting at 12:05 p.m.

Washington also dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak ahead of Opening Day, forcing the team to start its season five days later than it was supposed to.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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