Juan Soto will make his long-anticipated return to the Nationals lineup Tuesday 12 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Soto rejoined his Nationals teammates over the weekend after missing the first seven games of the 2020 season. Eager to clear his name, Soto insists on the belief that the test which landed him on the COVID-19 Injured List on Opening Day yielded a 'false positive.' After finally being cleared by D.C. Health to return to work, Soto's even more eager to get back in the lineup.
Strasburg's Getting Closer
Stephen Strasburg threw a 31-pitch bullpen session over the weekend as he continues to recover from a nerve issue in his pitching hand. Scratched from his first scheduled start on July 25, he too has yet to make his season debut since discovering a tingling sensation in his thumb as he throws. As a result, Washington has had to fill his spot in the rotation with extra doses of Austin Voth and Erick Fedde, probably more than they're comfortable with.
Now that the pandemic has struck two MLB clubs, in Miami and St. Louis, the effects of COVID-19 on the 2020 season has moved from intangible to tangible, forcing games to be postponed and schedules to be rejiggered. What remains unknown is if the league's current method of response – to manage the infections as they come – will be enough to slow the infection rate and preserve the remainder of the season.