Phillies-Nationals COVID update: doubleheader scheduled for tomorrow
After Wednesday night’s game being canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak, the Phillies and Nationals will now play a single-admission doubleheader on Thursday afternoon. Nationals’ shortstop Trae Turner was the original start of the outbreak, being taken out of last night’s game. No further information was released until today when the Nationals didn’t come out for batting practice. Jeff Passan then reported that the game would be postponed due to “multiple players and coaches” testing positive.
Following the postponing, Nationals manager Dave Martinez said that Washington has 12 positive tests currently, four players and eight staff members. According to Ken Rosenthal, Washington has reached the 85% vaccinated threshold, but the league chose to be precautious with the incident leading to the postponing.
Zack Wheeler will start game one tomorrow as long as disaster doesn’t strike, with Vince Velasquez getting the start in game 2. More details to come, but as of now, a single admission doubleheader will be taking place in Philadelphia tomorrow at 12:05.
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