Sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney that Monday’s scheduled series opener between the Atlanta Warriors and Nationals has been postponed because Washington continues to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
The source said that if all goes well in Washington’s COVID-19 situation, they hope the team will play in the national park on Tuesday.
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 earlier on Sunday that none of the 11 people will be open on Monday. Most of these people (although not all, but should be in the roster on the opening day). 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.
Drew Smyly was originally scheduled to start with the Warriors and beat Philadelphia 0-3. Max Scherzer was originally scheduled to travel to Washington in the first Mets vs. Mets game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.