The opening series between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, just one day after their Opening Day game was canceled.
Major League Baseball announced the postponement "due to continued follow-up testing and contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization."
Thursday's opening day game was postponed after a player tested positive for COVID-19; further testing revealed two more positive cases. One player experienced a fever, the others have been asymptomatic, according to MLB.com.
Additionally, one inconclusive test is being considered a likely positive. The entire team is in quarantine, according to general manager Mike Rizzo.
Four teammates and a staff member were quarantined after a Nationals player tested positive for COVID-19, amid contact tracing on the eve of the regular season’s start, Rizzo said Wednesday.
Rizzo did not identify any of the six members of the organization who are involved.
The positive result came from a test conducted Monday, while the Nationals were still in Florida for spring training. Word of the test came a little after 1 a.m. Wednesday, after the team already had traveled home to the nation’s capital, Rizzo said.
The flight home was where there was close contact between the five who are quarantining and the player who tested positive.
The opening day game was supposed to be a premiere matchup between two of the game's finest pitchers: 3x Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer and 2x Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom.
This is a developing story. Check back later for further updates.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.