None of the players on the Nationals' roster tested positive for the coronavirus after leftfielder Juan Soto was scratched from Opening Night on Thursday due to a positive test, manager Davey Martinez announced in a Zoom press conference Saturday.
"Everybody tested negative," Martinez said. "We got our results back this morning so everybody's good. So that's good news. We're all happy about that."
The Nationals took the tests on Thursday just hours after finding out that Soto would need to be placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Results take 48 hours to be processed by MLB's Utah-based lab, so Martinez and the rest of the team didn't know until Saturday morning that no one else on the roster was carrying the virus.
Even with the good news from the lab, Washington will still be without starter Stephen Strasburg against the New York Yankees on Saturday night while the right-hander deals with a "nerve issue" in his throwing hand. Strasburg received an injection and is considered day-to-day moving forward.
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