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Nats’ Turner exits in 1st after positive COVID test

Washington Nationals All-Star shortstop Trea Turner has tested positive for COVID-19, leading him to exit in the first inning of the team’s eventual 6-4 win against the Phillies in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

Turner was pulled after scoring on Josh Bell‘s home run in the top of the first. Gerardo Parra replaced him in the lineup.

“I found out right after he scored,” manager Dave Martinez said. “I had to pull him right out of the game. He’s got to get isolated right away. Now, he’ll get tested and from there we’ll see what happens.”

The timeline for Turner’s positive result suggests his test was taken Monday.

He’s the second prominent player to test positive Tuesday; Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich also tested positive and is experiencing mild symptoms despite being vaccinated.

Martinez told reporters that he couldn’t comment on whether Turner has been vaccinated.

Turner is hitting .322 with 21 stolen bases this season. His name has been mentioned in trade rumors as the Nationals (46-54) have fallen out of the playoff race.

Asked what he thought when he saw Turner exit without knowing the reason, Nats slugger Juan Soto said: “We’re just thinking about the trade deadline. We just said all right, now we just have to keep playing baseball.”

Turner will now be out at least 10 days, which would take him past Friday’s trade deadline.

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