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Nationals open season Tuesday against Braves; first game in series, postponed

The Washington Nationals will begin their 2021 regular season on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves in Nationals Park, Major League Baseball reported, after their first four games were postponed due to a coronavirus infection.

According to the Majors, “the most recent round of testing results from the Nationals personnel included no new positives.” All eligible staff will be able to participate in team activities beginning Monday.

Washington has yet to make his debut in the current campaign. His first series scheduled, three games against the New York Mets and which was to be played since last Thursday, was postponed, as well as the game on Monday, April 5, against the Braves.

Four Nationals players tested positive for COVID-19 last week and are in isolation, while a total of seven are now in quarantine after contact tracing determined they may have been exposed to the virus.

General manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday that none of the 11 players, the majority of whom were to be on the Opening Day roster, would be available for Monday’s game after that meeting.

Rizzo has not publicly identified any players involved or the two staff members who were also quarantined for possible exposure to the virus.

Major League Baseball indicated they would report rescheduling postponed games when it becomes available.

AP contributed to this report.

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