Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies after testing positive for COVID-19.
After scoring on Josh Bell’s three-run home run in the top of the first inning, the 2021 MLB All-Star selection was removed from the game. Gerardo Parra took his place in the Nationals’ lineup.
Turner is the second high-profile player to test positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers tested positive earlier in the day and is experiencing mild symptoms despite having been vaccinated.
Yelich was placed on the COVID-19 injured list by the Brewers, and he must miss at least 10 days.Turner, 28, has a.322 batting average, 18 home runs, 49 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases this season. He’s been mentioned in trade rumours ahead of Friday’s trade deadline, as the Nationals have fallen out of contention with a 45-54 record entering Tuesday.
Turner will now be out for at least ten days, which will take him past this week’s trade deadline.
Turner has a.300 batting average, 93 home runs, 306 RBIs, and 192 stolen bases in 636 career games with the Nationals.