Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was removed in the first inning of Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to a positive COVID-19 test, the team announced.
Turner, who has increasingly been in trade rumors ahead of MLB's trade deadline at 4 p.m. on Friday, immediately went down the team tunnel after scoring on Josh Bell's three-run homer. Manager Davey Martinez said after the game the team received word of Turner's test just as Bell was homering.
Gerardo Parra came in to left field to replace Turner at the bottom of the first, as Alcides Escobar slid over to Turner's shortstop position and Josh Harrison went to second base.
"So he goes into the protocol, he's got to go get isolated right away. He'll get tested, and from there we'll see what happens," Martinez said. He added that no one on the team was considered a close contact to Turner.
Turner is among two players, along with Fernando Tatis Jr., in the majors to have at least 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases. The first-time all-star's 18 homers (one shy of his career-high), 21 stolen bases, and 49 RBIs again show how valuable he has become to the Nationals.
Whether that value is as a cornerstone of the club for years to come or as a centerpiece in a big deal before Friday's deadline for general manager Mike Rizzo remains to be seen.