Washington Nationals star tests positive for Covid-19 hours before home opener

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Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto (22) pauses while batting during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park, Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto has tested positive for Covid-19.

Soto will miss the team’s opener against the New York Yankees scheduled for later tonight, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed during his media availability on Thursday.

Soto, who last played in Tuesday’s exhibition game, is currently asymptomatic, the team’s website said. There is no timetable available for his return.

Per MLB protocol, Soto has to test negative twice in a span of 24 hours in order to return to play.

Soto was tested on Tuesday and the results came back on Thursday morning. Tests for other players came back negative.

The news comes just hours before the game is due to take place, where Dr. Anthony Fauci is set to throw the ceremonial first pitch.

MLB has not announced any postponement or cancellation for tonight’s game, despite fans and sports journalists alike wondering on social media if the game should still go on.

Soto was an important part of the Nationals’ lineup last year, hitting 110 RBIs and 34 home runs while scoring 110 runs.

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