Juan Soto, one of baseball’s biggest young stars, will not play on Opening Night.
The Washington Nationals star has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. He will be unable to play in the season opener against the New York Yankees.
ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan broke the news.
“Washington Nationals star Juan Soto has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss tonight’s season opener against the New York Yankees, sources tell ESPN,” he reported.
Washington Nationals star Juan Soto has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss tonight's season opener against the New York Yankees, sources tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 23, 2020
The Washington Nationals have since announced their Opening Day roster, seemingly confirming the news.
Soto, one of the leading stars of the Nationals’ World Series run in 2019, is not on the roster. He’ll likely have to miss two weeks while he recovers from the virus.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 23, 2020
This is a tough break for both the Nationals and baseball as a whole. Soto, 21, is one of the sport’s brightest stars. He had a massive campaign in 2019 and was one of the most-impactful players in the postseason.
Soto hit home runs against Clayton Kershaw, Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander during the Nationals’ run to a World Series championship. Everyone was looking forward to another Soto vs. Cole matchup on Thursday evening. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for that.
The Nationals and the Yankees are set to play at 7:08 p.m. E.T. The game will be on ESPN.