Who is Cody Wilson? If you find yourself asking that question today, for some reason, here is a quick primer on the 24-year-old, 2018 Nationals’ 13th Round pick, who impressed manager Davey Martinez this spring, and was spotted on the field in the nation’s capital yesterday for the club’s first workouts since the news of positive COVID tests brought their prep for 2021’s season opener to a halt.
If Wilson’s on the Opening Day roster, here’s what you need to know:
“Cody had a really good spring,” Martinez said. “He’s a guy that can play multiple outfield positions. He can fly. Can do a lot of different things. So he’s a guy that we can use, late inning, for defense, maybe pinch hit for one of our lefties. He’s had a really good spring.
“But he’s an unbelievable defensive player as well. Just another young kid that we felt like because of the spring that he had, that we could use him in different ways.”
Now you know. And knowing is half the battle. Go, Joe. I mean, Go read your links...
Workout will give depleted Nats chance to prepare for opener - (MASN)
"At the end of all this, the Nats will have had four games postponed, three against the Mets plus one against the Braves."
Nationals ready for second attempt at opening day - (Washington Times)
"As long as Max Scherzer has about 90 feet and flat ground to work with, the Washington Nationals starting pitcher can remain ready from just about anywhere."
Nationals hold team workout before season opener - (MLB.com)
“'You can’t cry about situations,' Max Scherzer added. 'Everybody’s dealt a hand, and you just got to play it.'"
Juan Soto is ready for Opening Day in #Nationals Park after the team's COVID issues delayed the start of the #Nats' 2021 season:— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 6, 2021
"Just happy. Happy to be back. Happy to be on the field. At least to be out of my apartment. To be out there and play some baseball.” pic.twitter.com/8ABwak8fgB
Out of coronavirus pause comes a new Nationals motto: ‘Suck it up and deal with it’ - (WaPost)
“This is less than ideal. A coronavirus outbreak postponed the first four games of the year, which is still cause for concern from a health perspective — not to mention a competitive standpoint.”
Nationals, roster thin after covid outbreak, work out ahead of season opener - (WaPost)
“But it wasn’t quite the Nationals who first gathered for spring training in mid-February. And it wasn’t quite the Nationals who left West Palm Beach, Fla., a week ago...”
Nationals prepared to be without five regulars in opener - (MASN)
"Anyone who knows Martinez, though, knows that’s not how his mind operates. Ever the optimist, the fourth-year Nationals manager focused instead on who was there."
Max Scherzer on the roster the #Nationals will be starting the season with, which will likely have some young #Nats' prospects on it with 11 players currently in quarantine as a result of four positive COVID-19 tests, and seven contact tracing identifications: pic.twitter.com/kK2OOx77Kw— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) April 6, 2021
Eleven Nationals Players Impacted by COVID-19 Outbreak - (WCP)
"The news is both sobering and a reminder that, as eager as people are for a return to normalcy, the pandemic never left."
Nationals prospect Mason Denaburg has Tommy John surgery - (MLB.com)
"Right-hander Mason Denaburg, the Nationals’ No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recently underwent Tommy John surgery, a source told MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato."
2020-21 MLB International Reviews: Washington Nationals - (Baseball America)
"The Nationals' lineup is filled with homegrown signings from the Dominican Republic."
Marty’s musings: opening weekend - (Beyond the Box Score)
"0 - Games played by the Nationals and Mets, who had their season opening series postponed due to a COVID outbreak with the Nationals."
MLB players hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccine is big hurdle for baseball - (USA TODAY)
"Just ask the Washington Nationals, who have yet to play a game this season. It took just one player getting exposed to COVID-19 to create enough spread to produce four positive tests and 11 players in all sidelined by protocols."
Private Choices Have Public Consequences - (Defector)
"On Sunday, when asked about whether the Nationals outbreak that postponed his season’s start by five days made the prospect of vaccination more or less appealing to him and his teammates, Mets outfielder Michael Conforto hit the 'personal choice' line."
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Mets vs. Phillies prediction: Jacob deGrom will get it done - (NY Post)
"Jacob deGrom made us look again. The deGrominator, seeking a third Cy Young, begins his campaign against Philly, who are 3-0 after sweeping Atlanta."
Marlins place Elieser Hernandez on 10-day injured list - (MLB.com)
"The Marlins on Monday placed right-hander Elieser Hernandez on the 10-day injured list with right biceps inflammation."
MLB chose Coors Field in Denver as the home for its 2021 All-Star Game, which it pulled from Atlanta because of a restrictive Georgia voting law. https://t.co/mDjTzEMYFF— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 6, 2021
Braves don’t expect Chris Martin to require IL stint - (AJC.com)
"Braves reliever Chris Martin is considered day-to-day after exiting his appearance during the eighth inning Sunday due to numbness in his fingers."
Five Phillies overreactions after sweeping the Braves - (PhillyVoice)
"The Phillies have completed their first series of the season and since we live in Philadelphia — there's a good chance their success from the first three games will send fans' expectations into the stratosphere."