Juan Soto found out Monday that he has tested negative for the coronavirus, four days after receiving a positive test the day of the Nationals’ season opener against the New York Yankees. If Soto passes his next MLB-administered test and remains asymptomatic, he will be cleared to return to the field.
“We got one test result back today and he tested negative,” Martinez said in a Zoom press conference Monday. “We’re waiting on another so we’ll see what happens.”
It’s unclear when Soto took the test and how look it took MLB to process the results through its Utah-based lab, though the rest of the team was cleared Saturday when the entire roster and coaching staff received negative results from tests administered Thursday.
According to The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty, Soto took multiple instant tests Thursday that came back negative but MLB only uses its official results to determine a player’s health.
However, the good news comes on a day when two MLB games have been postponed as a result of 13 individuals within the Miami Marlins organization testing positive just after playing a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. Though MLB has given no indication that it plans to suspend the season, a dark cloud has been cast over a sport that is still only four games into its 2020 campaign.
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