WASHINGTON -- Mike Rizzo was adamant Tuesday about his role as protector within the Nationals organization when discussing why the team shut down its Monday workout.
The Nationals were among a trio of teams that did not workout Monday because they were still awaiting coronavirus test results from Major League Baseball. The league previously promised results in 24-48 hours. The Nationals waited 72 hours for results from tests conducted Friday, July 3, before deciding to cancel their workout. The lack of information led Rizzo to throw up his own safeguards and asking the league to become organized.
“We’re going to see the results in a timely fashion,” Rizzo said Tuesday. “That’s all we need. That’s what we have to have to ensure our players are protected. I’m the caretaker for these guys. These are my guys. Their families are my family. The staff is my staff. I couldn’t live with myself if we went on haphazardly and didn’t abide by the rules that are in their best interest. We’re confident that after some early hiccups that the procedure is going to work smoother, get a little rhythm going and hopefully that we can turn around these tests then make prudent decisions about player health in our inner circle. But having the information makes that possible.”
Rizzo said he hopes, and expects, the league will find its way with testing procedures in the coming days. He also said he did not want to judge the entire situation by the early bumps.
“We’re going to proceed with caution,” Rizzo said. “If we don’t have the information that we need, we’re not going to put players’ health in jeopardy.”
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