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6 Nationals in quarantine following positive test ahead of Opening Day

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Six members of the Washington Nationals are now in quarantine following a positive COVID-19 test, general manager Mike Rizzo announced Wednesday, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.

A player who was on the club's flight from Florida to Washington tested positive, Rizzo said.

Four other team members and one staff member also entered isolation after contact tracing, according to MASN's Mark Zuckerman. The rest of the Nationals have since undergone additional rapid testing for the virus, but those test results are not yet known.

The players who are quarantining due to contact tracing will not be allowed to play on Opening Day, Rizzo said, according to Dougherty. Washington is calling up infielder Luis Garcia to the Opening Day roster as a result, sources told Dougherty.

Though Washington will likely have to make several lineup adjustments, Max Scherzer was not on the team flight with the infected player and will still start Thursday's contest against the New York Mets, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The District of Columbia is allowing limited fan attendance at Nationals Park this season.

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