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Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Washington Nationals put 10 on IL ahead of COVID-delayed season opener

The Washington Nationals finally will open their season Tuesday, but they will do so with a patchwork roster due to COVID-19 issues.

The Nats announced that starting pitchers Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, first baseman Josh Bell, infielders Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer, left fielder Kyle Schwarber and reliever Brad Hand have all been placed on the injured list, though none with a specified injury.

A coronavirus outbreak has sidelined 11 players, four of whom tested positive for COVID-19, though the team has not revealed which players tested positive and which are in protocols.

With so many players out, the Nationals recalled seven players, including shortstop Carter Kieboom, to the 26-man roster and signed 34-year-old catcher Jonathan Lucroy to a contract as part of a flurry of personnel moves.

Brad Wilkerson would listen if the Nationals called.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 06, 2021 at 01:24 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Mighty Quintana Posted: April 06, 2021 at 04:46 PM (#6012071)
Oof, hopefully this is not the variant coming out of Brazil that sidelined the Canucks.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: April 06, 2021 at 06:26 PM (#6012092)
Lester, Bell, Harrison, Mercer, Schwarber -- the NLC is the new market inefficiency?
   3. JJ1986 Posted: April 06, 2021 at 07:03 PM (#6012098)
From MLB Trade Rumors:
Wilson was specifically designated as a “replacement player,” indicating that he can be removed from the 40-man roster and sent back to the minors without clearing waivers as the affected Nationals players are cleared to return to the roster.

I didn't realize they had modified the rules to allow this. Teams needed it last year.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 06, 2021 at 09:56 PM (#6012156)
I was at today’s stirring, come-from-behind, National’s walk-off victory. Good thing Trea Turner was cleared to play this morning. Might be a few more players available for tomorrow’s double-header, but I’m not sure what they are using for the start of the 7-day close contacts quarantine period.

Ballpark is a bit different with only 5,000 fans - only opened the two lower levels and everyone had plenty of room. This was my most non-Covid experience in over a year - very enjoyable.
   5. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: April 07, 2021 at 06:13 PM (#6012297)
Since the minor-league season doesn't even begin until next month, why not have 40-man rosters now, like they do in September?

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