Having postponed their first four games due to positive Covid-19 testing within the organization, the Nationals have announced their roster for today’s season opener. Four Nationals players are said to have tested positive, and several more in the organization are considered close contacts who are also going through protocol. Tuesday’s announcement was accompanied by a dizzying series of roster moves, including placing receivers. Yan gomes and Alex Avila; left-handed Patrick Corbin, Brad Hand and Jon lester; infielders Josh harrison and Jordy mercer; first base Josh bell; and gardener Kyle schwarber on the Covid-19-related injured list. Right handed Will harris He was also placed on the 10-day disabled list after his recent procedure to treat a blood clot.
In a sequence of corresponding roster moves, the Nats called the catcher Three Barrier; right-handed Ryne harper and Kyle McGowin; infielders Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia; left handed Sam clay; and gardener Yadiel Hernandez from your alternate training site. Washington also selected the veteran catcher’s contracts. Jonathan Lucroy and gardener Cody wilson. Wilson was specifically designated as a “replacement player,” indicating that he can be removed from the 40-man roster and sent back to the minors without removing the waivers, as affected Nationals players are allowed to return to the list.
In particular, the Nationals Opening Day roster includes shortstop. Trea turner – a positive development after Turner missed yesterday’s training with the team. Manager Dave Martinez tells reporters that Turner was not cleared to be on the field yesterday (Twitter link via Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty), so it looks like he cleaned up the protocols this morning. Turner will join the Opening Day draw by Ryan zimmerman, Hernán Pérez (second) and Starlin castro (In the third). The Nats will give Andrew Stevenson the wink in the left field next Victor Robles and Juan Soto, while Lucroy draws the exit behind the plate, catching Max scherzer.
The Nationals will make up yesterday’s postponed game against the Braves on a doubleheader tomorrow. It is not yet clear when they will make up their three postponed games against the Mets, although since they are division rivals, the remainder of this season’s schedule will provide ample opportunity for those games to be played.