The Washington Nationals have postponed the match against Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night after 12 athletes and staff tested positive for the coronavirus.
In the statementThe Nationals said the game was postponed to “enable continuous testing and contact tracing involving members of the National Organization.”
The wave of infection occurred during the first inning of the match against the Phillies on Tuesday night, after the Nationals shortstop Trea Turner left after a positive virus test.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters that four players and eight staff, including Turner, were one of the positive cases, ESPN reported.
Martinez also told reporters that he believed that one of the twelve cases was an unvaccinated person, according to ESPN.
The Nationals are one of many MLB teams that have been able to loosen their safety protocols after reaching the 85% immunization threshold set by the league. Players and coaches on these teams can exercise without masks in the weight room without having to wear masks with dugouts or bullpen during the game, reducing the frequency of virus testing.
The Nationals occurred earlier at the beginning of the season after four Nationals players and staff tested positive for the virus when the series against Mets was postponed to April.
And after several Yankees players tested positive for the virus, the team had to postpone the July 15 match against the Red Sox.
The Nationals and Phillies are set to make up Wednesday’s match as part of Thursday’s doubleheader.