Some more unfortunate news has arrived for the Washington Nationals, as their Monday showdown with the Atlanta Braves has also been pushed back.
When will the Washington Nationals be able to make their season debuts? The hope was that would be the case on Monday after the team’s opening series against the New York Mets was canceled due to multiple COVID-19 positive tests.
The Nats were supposed to take the field on Monday to face that Atlanta Braves, but that also won’t be happening. According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the MLB has decided to postpone that game as well, with the two clubs potentially facing off on Tuesday instead.
Nationals’ game vs. Braves tomorrow postponed, source tells The Athletic. Aiming to play on Tuesday.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 4, 2021
The Braves-Nats contest on Monday has been postponed according to Ken Rosenthal
Things started to turn south for the Nats earlier this week when it was announced the team would be without five players for Opening Day due to one positive test and four players being considered close contact. Then, two more players tested positive, with a third ‘likely’ being positive as well.
By the time the weekend rolled around, Major League Baseball made the tough decision to postpone the Nats-Mets series as a whole, with Washington’s coronavirus issues causing plenty of concerns. Before Washington is able to finally take the field in 2021, the league wants to make sure everyone is as safe as possible.
That’s the main reason why Monday’s game with Atlanta won’t be played on time, though we could see the two clubs face off 24 hours later on Tuesday. Atlanta is off to a horrendous start, as they’ve lost their first three games of the year.
They’ll look to make some noise once they take on Washington, but we’ll have to wait and see if the two teams actually are able to meet in the coming days.