Mets vs. Nationals Opening Day game postponed due to COVID-19, per report

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Thursday night’s Opening Day matchup between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals has been postponed, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Nationals were set to begin the season without multiple players because of a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports there are concerns of at least more positive test.

MLB has not yet announced the postponement nor any makeup dates. The Nationals are currently determining the extent and status of close contacts, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.’s Anthony DiComo adds there are no COVID-19 issues with the Mets and the concerns are limited to Washington.

Last season MLB postponed multiple games while sorting through COVID-19 issues, and David Lennon of Newsday reports the Mets and Nationals are unlikely to play a makeup game during Friday’s off-day. It’s possible they will not play their season-opening series this weekend. Thursday’s game was to feature Opening Day’s top pitching matchup: Jacob deGrom vs. Max Scherzer.

Per league protocols, the identity of the Nationals player who tested positive and those quarantined have not been announced, though the club did recall catcher Tres Barrera on Wednesday. That suggests either starting catcher Yan Gomes or backup Alex Avila are among those in the COVID-19 protocols.

Last year the Cardinals and Marlins were involved in MLB’s two most significant COVID-19 outbreaks. Both teams were shut down approximately two weeks with double-digit players and staff members testing positive in the early weeks of the abbreviated 2020 season. The final few weeks of the regular season and postseason went smoothly, then Justin Turner tested positive during World Series Game 6.

The Red Sox and Orioles were postponed due to inclement weather Thursday. The remaining 13 Opening Day games are currently scheduled to be played with no issues.

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