Washington Nationals' SS Trea Turner in a July 27, 2021 game. Jul 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) bats during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

While there haven’t been as many sports postponements and cancellations over COVID-19 in 2021 as there were in 2020, there have still been a fair bit of events altered by the pandemic. The latest is Wednesday night’s Washington Nationals-Philadelphia Phillies game, which Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and Jeff Passan of ESPN both reported has been postponed due to COVID-19 tests with Washington (including star shortstop Trea Turner, who was pulled mid-game from the teams’ game Tuesday after testing positive).

That all seems bad. Here’s the official news from the Phillies:

And here’s more on the numbers involved:

While this was only a regionally-televised game (on MASN for the Nationals and NBC Sports Philadelphia for the Phillies) rather than a nationally-televised one, it’s still notable to see it go down. Interestingly enough, this was a MLB Network promotional night:

It’s also interesting that the current plan is to make this game up Thursday as part of a doubleheader. If that outbreak is as large as Passan is suggesting, that may involve a lot of call-ups for the Nationals.


[Ken Rosenthal on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.