Slowly but surely, the Washington Nationals are getting all of the players who were put in quarantine in the club’s COVID crisis before Opening Day back int heir lineup, with some notable exceptions.
Manager Davey Martinez talked before last night’s game about fighting every day until the club’s full complement of players is at his disposal.
“It’s part of the world we live in right now, you know,” he said of the frustrating first couple weeks of the 2021 campaign.
“We’ve got to follow protocols. There’s nothing we can do about it. For me, I go out, and I make the lineups up every day with the guys we have, the healthy guys we have, and we let them go out there and we let them go play baseball. When we get these guys back, when they clear — not only from MLB, but from D.C., and the city we’re going to if that’s the case, they’ll be back as soon as possible, but we definitely miss them, they’re a big part of our lineup.”
“Especially those guys in the middle of our lineup,” Martinez added, “like [Josh] Bell, and [Kyle] Schwarber, both, but we got to do what’s right for everybody and we got to follow protocols.”
As for the season so far, which, with last night’s loss, has seen the Nationals go 1-4 in their first five, Martinez said it has obviously been a frustrating way to start.
“It’s been a little difficult,” he told reporters. “We’re missing big pieces to our team. So, hopefully we’ll get them back soon. We got a couple guys back. Yan [Gomes] will play today, which is awesome. Jordy [Mercer] will play today. But we’ll get these guys back soon. What I do like is we’ve lost some tough ballgames but we’ve been in every game, and that’s a testament to these guys and how hard they’re working, how hard they’re playing.
“We’ll start winning some of these one-run, two-run games. I’m sure of that. But I’m proud of the way the guys are going about their business.”