Thursday’s opening day baseball game between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals has been postponed due to Covid-19 issues.
Major League Baseball said the game was called off because of ongoing contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization.
On Wednesday, Nationals manager Mike Rizzo told reporters an unnamed player on the team had tested positive for Covid-19, and due to subsequent contact tracing four other players and one staff member were placed in quarantine.
The postponed game was originally scheduled to start at 7:09 p.m. ET at Nationals Park in Washington, DC. The league said the game will not be rescheduled for Friday “out of an abundance of caution.”
Per MLB's health and safety protocols for the 2021 season, the player who tested positive will be required to isolate for a minimum of 10 days, receive appropriate care and monitoring from the club medical staff, and be cleared by baseball's joint Covid-19 committee and the individual's team physician, following a mandatory cardiac evaluation and a determination that the individual no longer presents a risk of infection to others.
The Nationals are next scheduled to play on April 3 against the Mets.