The Washington Nationals have sent a good chunk of their roster to the injured list. Washington put multiple starting position players, pitchers, and their closer to the IL with no reason given. Alex Avila, Josh Bell, Patrick Corbin, Yan Gomes, Brad Hand, Josh Harrison, Jon Lester, Jordy Mercer & Kyle Schwarber will all open the season in sickbay.
For those keeping score, that means the Nats will be without their starting catcher, left fielder, second baseman, and first basemen in addition to a few starting pitchers and their stopper. Of course, Washington's season was delayed because four players on the Nationals tested positive for COVID-19 and seven more were placed under quarantine after contact tracing determined they were potentially exposed.
Now the plan is to open their season against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday afternoon. They will then play a double-header with the Braves on Wednesday starting at 12:05 p.m. ET.
Over at FanDuel Sportsbook, Washington is near the middle of the pack with +3000 odds to win the World Series. The Nats are way back as the fourth favorite to take the NL East at +650 and also +2000 to win the National League pennant.
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