Philadelphia Phillies postpone game against Washington Nationals amid COVID-19 outbreak

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Four Washington Nationals players and eight staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone their game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night.

The postponement came one day after Nationals star Trea Turner exited the game against Philadelphia in the first inning following his positive test for the virus.

The timeline for Turner’s positive result suggests his test was taken Monday.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said all but one of those who tested positive have been vaccinated. Those who tested positive have either no symptoms or minor symptoms, such as a head cold, the manager said. Martinez believes the fact they are vaccinated has prevented or limited symptoms.

“I encourage people to get vaccinated,” Martinez said. “It does help. I’m seeing it first-hand. It’s basically a small head cold, but they’re doing fine.”

Washington also dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak ahead of Opening Day, forcing the team to start its season five days later than it was supposed to.

Juan Rodriguez and his family flew in from Los Angeles to Philadelphia for the game. He was not happy to learn the news.

“Don’t they get paid millions of dollars? I don’t make millions of dollars. Go get a vaccine!” he said.

The Nationals are among the teams that have reached the 85% vaccination rate. That number accounts for any tier one employee in the organization, not specific to the those traveling for this game. The Phillies, however, are among seven MLB teams that haven’t reached that threshold.

“I hope it’s not a precursor for the NFL season because it’s going to be bad,” said Orville Campbell.

The canceled game will be made up on Thursday as a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m. Gates will open at 11:05 a.m. Tickets from Wednesday night’s game will not be valid for admission to the July 29 doubleheader.

“All fans that purchased tickets and parking (if applicable) directly from the Phillies will automatically receive an account credit in the amount of the face value of the tickets and parking. Credit can be used to purchase tickets to any remaining 2021 Phillies home game based on availability. Ticket purchasers will receive an email from the Phillies with additional information and instructions on how to redeem their credit,” the Phillies said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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