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Washington Nationals make flurry of moves following COVID breakout

Jul 16, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) looks on during the game against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 16, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) looks on during the game against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Nationals announced a flurry of roster moves Thursday following a COVID-19 breakout that forced the postponement of Wednesday night’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Star shortstop Trea Turner, catcher Alex Avila and right-handed relievers Daniel Hudson and Austin Voth were placed on the COVID-19 injured list.

Catcher Yan Gomes and right-hander Tanner Rainey were reinstated from the 10-day injured list, while infielder Luis Garcia and right-hander Andres Machado were recalled from Triple-A Rochester in corresponding transactions.

The Nationals optioned catcher Tres Barrera to Rochester on Wednesday.

In addition to four players, eight staff members for Washington also tested positive for the coronavirus.

Wednesday’s game is being made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 12:05 p.m. ET.

Turner, a first-time All-Star this season, is batting .322 with 18 homers, 49 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 96 games.

Avila is hitting .167 with six RBIs in 24 games.

Hudson is 4-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 31 relief appearances. He has struck out 48 and walked seven in 32 2/3 innings.

Voth is 3-0 with a 4.81 ERA in 33 games (one start) this season.

Gomes had been out since July 10 with a right oblique strain. He is batting .266 with eight homers and 33 RBIs in 61 games.

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Rainey landed on the IL on June 29 with a stress reaction in his right tibia. He is 1-2 with a 6.93 ERA in 30 bullpen appearances.

–Field Level Media