The start of the Washington Nationals' 2021 season will likely occur on Tuesday after Major League Baseball announced Sunday night that the team has been cleared to play against the visiting Atlanta Braves.
Washington's first four games were postponed due to COVID-19 issues. MLB said the most recent tests of the Nationals displayed no new positives.
A season-opening three-game series between Washington and the New York Mets at Nationals Park was postponed, as was Monday's scheduled game against the Braves.
No makeup dates for any of the missed games have been announced.
Four players have tested positive for COVID-19 and another seven were placed in quarantine, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters Sunday. No new positive tests occurred between Saturday and Sunday either.
When Washington, the 2019 World Series champions, takes the field, it will not be able to play those 11 players.
The Nationals and Mets are the only two major league clubs that have yet to begin the 2021 season, which kicked off Thursday. Atlanta, meanwhile, was swept in three games by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Washington and Atlanta are also scheduled to play Wednesday.
The Mets are slated to play the host Philadelphia Phillies on Monday in the opener of a three-game set.
--Field Level Media