Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has received negative results on consecutive MLB-administered coronavirus tests, clearing one of the major hurdles standing in the way of him returning to the field. Despite previous reports, manager Davey Martinez announced in a Zoom press conference Tuesday that none of Soto’s official tests have come back positive since his initial test Thursday.
“We did get another result back today, he tested negative and now we’re waiting for him to be cleared by MLB and the D.C. Department of Health,” Martinez said.
It’s unclear how long it will take for Soto to be cleared to play. The Nationals wrap up their series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday before taking four days off as result of MLB postponing their weekend series with the Miami Marlins after 15 players and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Their next game back will be against the New York Mets in D.C. on Aug. 4.
The Nationals have been without Soto for the first four games of their season, during which they’ve gone 1-3. Michael Taylor and Andrew Stevenson have divvyed up the playing time in left field while Soto waits to be cleared.
Emilio Bonifacio is the Nationals’ starting lineup at leftfield for their game against Toronto on Tuesday night.
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