CHICAGO — An unidentified Washington Nationals player who is vaccinated and asymptomatic has tested positive for COVID-19, manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday.
That player was deemed to have been in close contact with another Nationals player who is not vaccinated. Martinez said neither player would have been in the starting lineup against the Chicago Cubs and neither was available off the bench.
When either player might return is unclear. Martinez thought the vaccinated player, who he said “feels fine,” might be available in a few days. The unvaccinated player may need to quarantine.
Washington players were tested for COVID-19 on Monday.
The Nationals are traveling with a taxi squad. Martinez expected to adjust his roster before Wednesday’s game.
San Diego Padres finalizing deal to acquire RHP Daniel Hudson from Washington Nationals, sources say
Hudson is currently on the COVID-19 injured list. He’s 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 31 appearances this season.
He was activated earlier this month from the injured list after recovering from right elbow inflammation.
The 34-year-old Hudson does have a history of injuries, including two Tommy John surgeries between 2012 and 2013 while with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
He joined the Nationals in a midseason trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019 and recorded the final three outs in Game 7 of the World Series a few months later.
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Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Blue Jays roll Boston Red Sox before heading back to Toronto for first time in two seasons
BOSTON — The Toronto Blue Jays are finally heading home — and they’re doing it on a high note.
Toronto crushed the Boston Red Sox 13-1 on Thursday night in what will be their last game as a team without a home.
The coronavirus pandemic and health protocols have kept the Blue Jays south of the Canadian border the past two seasons as they played “home” games in Buffalo, New York, and Dunedin, Florida, but the club was headed back to Toronto after the game and are scheduled to host the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre on Friday night.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. led the way in Thursday’s romp, hitting a three-run homer all the way out of Fenway Park. As a team, the Blue Jays tagged the Red Sox for 16 hits and scored in six of the first seven innings while building a 12-0 lead.
Every Toronto starter had at least one hit and drove in at least one run as the Blue Jays went 9 for 20 with runners in scoring position. Cavan Biggio was the only Toronto starter who didn’t score a run.
Hyun Jin Ryu (10-5) held Boston to two hits over six innings, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
The Blue Jays split the four-game series at first-place Boston, which still leads the AL East heading to second-place Tampa Bay for a weekend series.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Boston Red Sox acquire All-Star outfielder Kyle Schwarber from Washington Nationals
Schwarber, 28, is on the injured list with a right hamstring strain but is expected to be back within a week or so. He had a monster June before getting hurt, hitting 16 home runs contributing to a 1.122 OPS for the month.
Schwarber was named an All-Star this year; he’s batting .253 with 25 home runs and 53 RBIs in 2021.
The Nationals are getting minor league right-handed pitcher Aldo Ramirez in return for Schwarber. Ramirez, 20, had a 2.03 ERA in eight games for Class A Salem and is currently on the 7-day injured list.
Schwarber signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Nationals after being non-tendered by the Chicago Cubs last season.
He has an $11.5 million mutual option for 2022 which includes a $3 million buyout. Schwarber should see time at designated hitter, as well as the outfield for the Red Sox.
To make room for Schwarber on the 40-man roster, the Red Sox designated right-hander Brandon Workman for assignment.
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