It was a rough opening weekend for the Atlanta Braves who suffered a three-game sweep at the hands of the Philadelphia Phillies. Now it appears that Atlanta will get an unscheduled off day on Monday as their series opener in Washington has been postponed due to the Nationals’ COVID situation. Washington had their entire opening series against the Mets postponed and reports indicate that the team has multiple players who have tested positive and several more that are in quarantine.
The league is hoping that the series can begin on Tuesday with the Nationals holding a team workout on Monday but that is tentative at this point. A make up plan for Monday’s game is unknown currently but both the Braves and Nationals are off on Thursday.
MLB announces the Nationals will begin play on Tuesday against the Braves. pic.twitter.com/shjUSBuhfC— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) April 5, 2021
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Ian Anderson turned in a good performance but Atlanta’s offensive struggles continued in a 2-1 loss to the Phillies. The loss drops the Braves to 0-3 for the first time since 2019 when they also suffered a three-game sweep in Philadelphia.
Reliever Chris Martin left Sunday’s game with two outs in the eighth inning due to an unknown ailment. Martin allowed three straight singles including a run-scoring single by Alec Bohm that put the Phillies back in front 2-1. He then retired Didi Gregorius on a ground out, but exited after falling behind 2-0 to Jean Segura.
Pirates third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to inflammation in his wrist. Hayes suffered the injury on a swing during the first inning of Saturday’s game against the Cubs.
The Dodgers placed right-hander Tony Gonsolin on the 10-day injured list Sunday due to shoulder inflammation. Manager Dave Roberts indicated that the inflammation was something that had been lingering with Gonsolin over the last few days. There currently is no timetable for when he might be ready to return.
The Blue Jays selected the contract of left-hander Tommy Milone Sunday and transferred reliever Kirby Yates to the 60-day injured list. Milone signed a minor league deal with Toronto back in February.