Anything out of the ordinary right now, when everyone on the Washington Nationals’ roster but Juan Soto is reportedly available in the right deal with MLB’s July 30th Trade Deadline fast approaching, is going to cause a stir, and Trea Turner singling, going first to third on a hit by Soto, and scoring on a three-run home run by Josh Bell, then quietly leaving the game tonight between the top and bottom of the first in Citizens Bank Park was sure to get the old rumor mill going, and it did, with the TV folks going all Zapruder film on the video of Turner running to first, sliding in at third, and then trotting home. It looked like there might be an injury of some sort... or maybe a trade? But that talk didn’t last that long...
Hearing Turner came out after hurting himself. No trade.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 27, 2021
Hearing Turner has NOT been traded. Dan’s tweet indicates potential physical issue. https://t.co/HZfXEZ4P0I— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2021
But then there were these odd reports:
Nats say there is no injury or trade for Trea Turner— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 28, 2021
Fortunately it wasn’t just an injury, or a tweak or something that took Turner out, but as the team announced, it wasn’t good news either: Turner actually tested positive for COVID-19 and was thus removed from the game...
#Nationals: Trea Turner tested positive for Covid-19 and was removed from tonight’s game per MLB protocols.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) July 28, 2021
Here’s hoping Turner was fully vaccinated so that there is less risk of the virus hitting him hard, and so we don’t have to get into a discussion about vaccines around the latest bad news to hit the team, which did have an outbreak in the clubhouse before Opening Day.
Erick Fedde, who’s starting tonight in Philly, also tested positive and reliever Tanner Rainey was deemed to have been in close contact and was put in quarantine earlier this season.
And the Nationals also just learned this afternoon that Stephen Strasburg is having season-ending surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome.
#Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg set for surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome tomorrow...— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) July 27, 2021
"I know he’s frustrated, as we all are, but sometimes things don’t work out like you want and we‘ve got to move forward." - Davey Martinez on Stras today: https://t.co/eLe8MxQAd5
The hits keep coming for your 2021 Nats. This season is a special one. Real special. What’s next for the Nationals? Probably best not to ask....
At least there’s this:
Sources: Luis García was just pulled in Lehigh Valley and will head to the meet the Nationals in Philadelphia, eventually replacing Trea Turner on the active roster.— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 28, 2021