Nationals player tests positive for COVID-19 before game vs. Cubs

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Nationals dealing with positive COVID-19 test originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

A Nationals player tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday morning, prior to the third of four games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

After announcing the positive test before Wednesday’s game, Nationals manager Davey Martinez said the player, who is vaccinated, is asymptomatic. The positive result is from Monday testing.

“Any time you lose a player to something like this, it’s always tough,” Martinez told Washington reporters. “The big concern is their health. This player is healthy, feels good. He has no symptoms, which is great."

According to Martinez, the Nationals went through contact tracing protocols and one other player is in quarantine. That player, who is not vaccinated, is going through testing.

Washington has not yet reached the 85 percent threshold of Tier 1 personnel being vaccinated, but Martinez said, “most of our guys are vaccinated.”

"As we go through this, we’ve got to understand where we’re at," he said. "We’re much better now than we were obviously a year ago today, or a few months ago today."

Martinez added the news doesn’t affect the Nationals lineup on Wednesday, which the team announced about 15 minutes before first pitch.

Washington was in the process of determining roster moves two hours before the game and made an announcement before first pitch.

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Martinez said his message to the club is a reminder how the vaccine helped in this situation.

“I make sure that they understand that the vaccination did help and he’s not sick and he feels fine,” Martinez said.

“He’s healthy, so we’ll get him back as soon as possible.”

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