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Shockwaves were sent through the baseball world when news broke just hours before Opening Day that Nationals star Juan Soto tested positive for COVID-19. The 21-year-old is asymptomatic, according to Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.

Just a few hours after Soto's initial positive test was announced, reports surfaced that the outfielder has tested negative for the virus multiple times on separate instant tests, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. 

Soto took both nasal and saliva tests, according to the Washington Post, and each test returned negative.

The tests were conducted by the Nationals, according to the report. MLB teams are allowed to use rapid testing for its players when it's necessary, according to the protocols the league and its Players Association agreed to.

While the negative results are undoubtedly good news, Soto is not cleared to play on Thursday night or the near future. Soto is required to have two consecutive negative tests (with tests over 24 hours apart) and not show any fever-like symptoms for 72 hours before he's eligible to return.

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