WASHINGTON-The Nationals and the Atlanta Warriors are still waiting as of Sunday afternoon to find out whether Major League Baseball will allow their upcoming series to proceed as planned, while Washington is dealing with a coronavirus outbreak that may prevent 11 players from participating .
In the past week, four national players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation. As contacts have determined that they may be sick, another seven players are currently in isolation.
General Manager Mike Rizzo said that if the three games with Atlanta start on Monday, any one of the 11 people (though not all of them, but most of them should be on the opening day roster) will be unavailable . Rizzo has not publicly identified any of the players involved or the two staff members who may be quarantined due to contact.
Washington has yet to play this season. The first three games of the series against the New York Mets were postponed on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
“Trust me, we have been in contact with Major League Baseball. They will inform us immediately after the decision is made. They have experienced it before. They know exactly what they should do and when they know when we do it. This is done to prepare for Monday̵
He said: “We are-have been preparing-Monday game.”
Since the outbreak of the epidemic, group exercises are not allowed. This is what Rizzo said. It should be done before Washington faces opponents, but pitchers can go to National Park alone to hold a bullpen training on Saturday and Sunday.
“Position players have not exercised within a week. And the pitchers have not thrown any competitive balls in the same time period. This is something we take very seriously here. We are considering letting these people do their best according to agreement and under guidance. Be prepared if possible.”
He added: “From a baseball player’s point of view, from a player’s point of view, it makes sense for these guys to do their own pace before getting a full workout.”
The defending champion NL Eastern District Warriors defeated them 0-3. They successfully won three consecutive victories with the Philadelphia Phillies in the game at the beginning of the season.
Although Atlanta is not sure yet, 24 hours before the start of the first game in Washington scheduled on Monday, brave receiver Travis D’Arnaud said: “I know we are ready for the game. It’s better to be ready for the game than surprised. Great.”
Brave manager Brian Snitker said he will assume that his club will play on Monday until he hears other things.
“This is the COVID era. Everything is changing,” Snitker said. “If I get a call tomorrow at ten o’clock [postponing the game], This will not surprise me. I didn’t expect it, but it might happen. “
Rizzo said that all of his teams, except for the four isolated players, continue to test negative for the coronavirus.
He said the four “feel much better”, adding that any symptoms that appeared earlier have subsided.
It is now up to Major League Baseball to determine when the nationals will start their season.
Rizzo said: “We are now trying to do everything possible to keep this thing here.” “So, I think we have taken this into consideration when we talked about it. [about] the following few days. “