Nats dealing with COVID-19 outbreak, game vs. Phillies postponed

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Major League Baseball has postponed Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the Nationals' clubhouse.

Shortstop Trea Turner, who has been the subject of trade rumors this week, was pulled from Tuesday's game after testing positive for the virus.

Manager Dave Martinez told reporters Wednesday that the team has received 12 positive tests, with four players, including Turner, among the positives, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman. Some of those affected are experiencing symptoms, though nobody is "very sick," Martinez said.

Contact tracing is now underway, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. The game will be made up on Thursday as part of a straight doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park beginning at 12:05 p.m. ET.

The Nationals previously reached the 85% vaccination threshold, according to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. By reaching that mark, the team was allowed to have relaxed COVID-19 protocols at the start of this season.

Washington also experienced a COVID-19 outbreak at the start of this season.

Philadelphia has battled its own COVID-19 issues this year, including an outbreak earlier this month. The Phillies are one of the few teams that haven't reached the 85% threshold.

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