Nationals Manager Dave Martinez on Marlins' COVID-19 Outbreak: 'I'm Scared'


The news around baseball on Monday centered around the COVID-19 outbreak that occurred among Miami Marlins players and coaches, and the rest of the league has taken notice.

Among the most emotional responses was Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, who is among those at higher risk to develop complications, undergoing a cardiac catheterization last September.

“I’m going to be honest with you, I’m scared,” the 55-year-old skipper told reporters on a video call Monday.

“My level of concern went from an eight to 12,” he added.

The Nationals had Juan Soto miss the opening weekend after testing positive for Covid on Thursday, but there have not been any further confirmed positive tests among players and coaching staff since.

The Marlins have 14 positives – 12 players and two coaches – and are under quarantine in Philadelphia. The Nationals are scheduled to go to Miami and play the Marlins next weekend.

“Hopefully, [MLB] makes the right decision,” Martinez said when asked about having any doubts going to Miami. “That’s all I’m gonna say.”

Per the USA Today, Martinez said he’s lost a lot of sleep over playing through the pandemic and said he would be open to discussing opt-out options with players. The Nationals have already had three players – Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross and Welington Castillo – opt out before the season began.

While COVID-19 has a robust recovery rate among young, healthy people, it could still cause complications.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was discovered to have myocarditis, which causes inflammation of the heart which is brought on by a virus, following his experience with COVID-19. It can reduce the heart’s ability to pump blood, which is why Rodriguez has not yet been cleared to participate in baseball activities.

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