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Mets-Nationals opening season series postponed over COVID-19 outbreak

The series between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals has been postponed after a COVID-19 outbreak amongst Nationals gamers, MLB mentioned in a press release Friday. The announcement comes after the preliminary matchup for each groups was postponed a day prior.

“Major League Baseball announced today that the remainder of this weekend’s series between the host Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, which includes games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, has been postponed due to continued follow-up testing and contract tracing involving members of the Nationals organization,” the assertion mentioned.

Three Nationals gamers tested positive for COVID-19, with another participant possible, the staff’s common supervisor Mike Rizzo mentioned Thursday. Rizzo mentioned the contaminated gamers are in quarantine and the staff is conducting intensive contact tracing. 

The Mets and Nationals will not start their seasons till Monday on the earliest. The Mets will kick off their season in opposition to the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia whereas the Nationals will welcome the Braves to the nation’s capital. 

Before Thursday, all 30 groups had been set to take the sphere for opening day, the primary 162-game season since 2019 after the coronavirus pandemic compelled groups to play the shortened 2020 season. Besides the Mets-Nationals recreation, the Boston Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles recreation was postponed as a consequence of climate. 

Last year, the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins had been concerned in baseball’s two most vital COVID-19 outbreaks, CBS Sports reported. Both groups had been shut down for about two weeks with a double-digit variety of gamers and workers members testing optimistic within the early weeks of the abbreviated 60-game common season.