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The Washington Nationals are dealing with COVID issues.

ESPN’s Buster Olney broke the news on Thursday morning: the start of 2021 season will have to wait (at least) another day for the New York Mets and Washington Nationals.

On Wednesday, Washington GM Mike Rizzo told the media that the Nationals have five individuals (including four players) who tested positive for COVID-19.

The Mets and Nationals had a scheduled off-day on Friday, and Major League Baseball has also confirmed that the Opening Day Game will not be made up on Friday.

This gives the two teams an extra day (if needed) for the contact tracing and additional testing to be done.

ESNY will keep you updated on any additional changes to the Mets schedule.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.