The Athletic’s senior writer Britt Ghiroli dropped this unfortunate piece of news just now.
The Nationals plan to play the Braves Monday, though the 4 positives and 5 players who are additionally in quarantine will not be eligible, Mike Rizzo says.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) April 2, 2021
Max Scherzer is the assumed starter.
The Nationals, who had their series against the New York Mets canceled due to COVID positive tests and contact tracing look to begin their season this Monday against the Braves with the unfortunate news that they will be down NINE (9!!!!) players.
It is believed that Max Scherzer will get the ball for the Nationals but it’s a situation that is very fluid and may change over the course of the weekend.
#Nationals update:— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) April 2, 2021
- 4 positive COVID-19 test results (all players)
- Quarantine: 9 players, 1 staff member
- GM Mike Rizzo said plan is to play Monday vs. the Braves, nothing finalized yet as they wait for test results
- Rizzo expects Scherzer would start Monday if they play
An absolutely horrible way to start the season for the Washington Nationals who are left now having to scramble to field a team that will differ largely from their opening day roster.
A hint of “good” news is that all players at the Nationals alternate site have tested negative.
Rizzo said of #Nationals roster, "We’re just trying to get through these first couple of days of these intense testing days and see what our current roster looks like, and then we’ll certainly make several roster changes." All players at alternate training site tested negative.— Jessica Camerato (@JessicaCamerato) April 1, 2021
Drew Smyly is scheduled to make his Atlanta Braves debut that Monday but much is still up in the air including if the game will be played at all. For now, all we know for certain is that the Braves play the Phillies on Saturday at 4:05 PM ET. Stay tuned as we will continue to monitor the situation for any updates.