Nationals vs. Phillies Postponed Wednesday amid Washington's COVID-19 Outbreak

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVJuly 28, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  The Washington Nationals logo on the scoreboard after a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak among within the Nationals organization.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez revealed the team has 12 positive cases:

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse

Dave Martinez clarifies that this includes Trea Turner, so 12 total and 11 more after Turner tested positive yesterday.

Jesse Dougherty @dougherty_jesse

Dave Martinez says that he believes one of the 12 people who have tested positive is unvaccinated.

Mark Zuckerman @MarkZuckerman

Updated story on the Nationals' COVID-19 outbreak: 4 players (including Trea Turner), 8 staffers, 1 of them unvaccinated, only a few showing mild symptoms. <a href="https://t.co/0x3Scq1Qc5">https://t.co/0x3Scq1Qc5</a>

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the outbreak, which came a day after shortstop Trea Turner was pulled in the first inning after a positive test. 

The Nationals previously had their season-opening series against the New York Mets postponed on account of an outbreak.

While MLB has done a far better job this season of curtailing outbreaks—thanks in large part to the availability of vaccines—the emergence of the Delta variant across the United States has created a spike in cases.