A Player For The Nationals Has Tested Positive For COVID, Five Deemed ‘Close Contacts’

Just 24 hours before Opening Day, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo reports that a player has tested positive for COVID. The team also says five people (no telling if these are players) have come in “close contact.”

We’re kind of over the fear of sports being shut down due to COVID, so this is more of an inconvenience. And, of course, incredibly unlucky for the Nationals team and fan base.

For the Nats’ sake — it would be brutal for Juan Soto, Trea Turner or Max Scherzer to test positive today. We don’t want to root for other players getting COVID, but we also wouldn’t like to see key players out for any team and affecting the season’s outcome. Either way, there will be ramifications to whoever’s out — it’s just a matter of “how bad is it?”

We’ll circle back when we receive more details about who will miss the next few weeks.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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