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MLB postpones Nationals-Mets opening series due to Washington's COVID-19 issues

Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY
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The Washington Nationals and New York Mets won't be starting their 2021 seasons this weekend "due to continued follow-up testing and contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization," Major League Baseball said Friday.

Thursday's primetime matchup on opening day was postponed hours earlier after more positive COVID-19 tests within the Nationals organization, and now neither Saturday nor Sunday's games will take place as planned.

Friday was a scheduled off day for both teams.

The Nationals' first positive was revealed Wednesday when the club announced it would be without five players for the opener – one having tested positive and four others in quarantine after contact tracing. On Thursday, general manager Mike Rizzo said that at least two more players had tested positive before confirming a fourth player positive on Friday.

Six others – five players and a staff member – are in quarantine after contact tracing

The Nationals are scheduled to host a three-game series against the Braves beginning Monday, and Rizzo said the plan is still to play then.

Meanwhile, the Mets' season is now set to start Monday in Philadelphia against the Phillies.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Nationals-Mets opening series postponed due to COVID-19 issues