Mike Rizzo updates fans on status of Nationals-Braves series


The Nationals remain in a holding pattern in regards to resuming baseball activities after their coronavirus outbreak.

Washington's opening series of the season against the Mets was postponed on Tuesday after four Nats players tested positive for COVID-19 and seven additional players and two staff members were deemed close contacts and forced to quarantine.

On Sunday afternoon, general manager Mike Rizzo spoke with reporters to provide an update on where the team stands heading into its scheduled series with the Braves beginning Monday.

According to Rizzo, Major League Baseball has still not made a decision about the team's ability to begin their series with the Braves on time with first pitch currently scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Monday.

There have been no new positive test results for the Nationals, and the results of tests taken over the weekend will likely play a major role in determining whether or not the Braves series can continue as planned.

Rizzo says most of the 11 players who are quarantining were set to make the Opening Day roster would be unavailable if the team plays early this week. None of them are experiencing symptoms as of Sunday.

The timeline for when MLB will make its decision is unclear, though Rizzo thinks it is important that the team has a chance to work out on the field at least once before jumping back into a game. Pitchers are allowed to undergo throwing drills individually at the stadium one at a time, but position players have not been allowed back yet.