The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies will not be playing on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park as originally scheduled. Rather, the game was postponed by Major League Baseball as the Nationals deal with a COVID-19 outbreak. The Nationals had a total of 12 members (four players and eight staffers) test positive in the last two days, per manager Dave Martinez.
The Nationals' latest troubles with the virus surfaced on Tuesday. That's when shortstop Trea Turner was removed from the game -- not because of injury or trade, but because he had tested positive for COVID-19. Martinez noted that he believes just one of the 12 positive tests comes from someone who is unvaccinated.
The hope for now is for the game to be made up Thursday as part of doubleheader starting at 12:05 p.m. ET. In order for that to happen, it seems likely that the Nationals will have to place multiple players on the COVID injured list and then bring up replacements.
According to the Washington Post, the Nationals surpassed the 85 percent vaccination threshold in late May for tier-1 personnel (players, trainers, coaches, and other on-the-field types). By doing so, the Nationals have been able to enjoy relaxed COVID-19 guidelines on masking, dining out, and other social aspects. It's worth noting that being vaccinated does not mean that one is fully immune from infection; inoculation does, however, reduce the likelihood of it while providing the individual protection against symptomatic or otherwise severe infections. The chances of a fully vaccinated individual requiring hospitalization or dying from COVID-19 are also substantially minimized.
The Nationals have been impacted by COVID-19 before. Back in March and April, they had the start of their season delayed by an outbreak.