WASHINGTON (AP) – The Nationals and Atlanta Braves have been waiting since Sunday afternoon to find out if Maygore League Baseball will allow their upcoming rows to go ahead as Washington deals with a coronavirus outbreak that could prevent 11 players.
The Four Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19 last week and are being quarantined, while a total of seven are currently in quarantine as a contact search revealed that they may be contracted.
CEO Mike Rizzo said none of the 11, most of whom, though not all, should have been on the opening day squad, would be available if the three-game game against Atlanta starts on Monday. Rizzo has not publicly identified any of the players involved or two members of the crew who were also quarantined due to possible influence.
Washington has no game yet this season. His series of three open games against the New York Mets was postponed on Thursday and Saturday.
“Believe me, we are in constant contact with MLB. They will notify us as soon as they make a decision. They have experienced it before. “They know exactly what they have to do and when we have to do it to prepare for Monday’s game,” Rizzo told reporters on Sunday.
“We were going to play on Monday,” he said.
Team training has not been allowed since the outbreak, which Rizzo says should happen before Washington bumps into an opponent, but the pitchers were able to go to the Nationals Park one by one on Saturday’s Sunday to throw wheat sessions.
“Position players have not been developed in a week. And the jars did not throw any competitive field in the same period. That’s something we take very seriously here. “We are thinking about the protocols that are under the protocol and are guided so that these guys are as ready as possible,” Rizzo said.
“For baseball, it makes a lot of sense for the players to defend that these guys are fully trained before they go out on the field,” he added.
Reigning NL East champions The Braves ended the season 0-3 in which they managed to record a total of three runs at the Philadelphia Phillies.
And although Atlanta did not know for sure, 24 hours before the first game scheduled for Monday in Washington, when the next game will take place, Braves’s Tracey D’Arno said: “I know we have to be ready to play. It is better to be ready to play than to be surprised. ”
Braves manager Brian Snitker said he was going to assume his club would play on Monday until he heard otherwise.
“This is the COVID era. “Everything is liquid,” Snitker said. “If I call tomorrow (postpone the game), it will not surprise me. I do not expect it, but it can happen. ”
Rizzo said all of his team’s coronavirus tests continued to be negative, except for four players who were isolated.
He said the four “felt much better”, adding that any earlier symptoms had subsided.
Now it is up to MLB to find out when the national teams can start their season.
“We want to do everything right now, right now,” Rizzo said. “So I think it gets a lot of attention when we talk about the next day.”
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