COVID Quickly Has Impact on Opening Day

Nationals-Mets game is postponed after a player tests positive
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2021 12:45 PM CDT
On Unusual Opening Day, a Reminder of COVID
Washington Nationals' Kyle Schwarber is congratulated after hitting a home run during the second inning of a spring training game March 24, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

It didn't take long for COVID to make its presence felt on baseball's opening day. Thursday night's game between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets has been postponed because of the coronavirus, reports the New York Post. The league made the call after an unnamed Nationals player tested positive. Four teammates and a coach also had to be sidelined because of the MLB's close-proximity protocols. To play it safe, the league also ruled out Friday as a game day for the two teams, per ESPN. As of Thursday afternoon, no other opening-day games were affected by COVID. The Nationals made it through all of spring training without a single positive test, only to get waylaid at the last moment, notes USA Today. (More Major League Baseball stories.)

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