It’s a shocking development for a player who recently surfaced in trade rumors. Upon Turner’s exit midway through the game, much speculation emerged about a potential deal going on. Instead, its removal is the result of a positive test.
Placement on COVID IL does not come with a minimum pass, although the fact that Turner has tested positive suggests he will likely miss at least ten days during quarantine. Players on the injured list can still be traded, so tonight’s news doesn’t entirely rule out the possibility of a mid-season deal.
It has always seemed a little improbable, however, given Turner’s star game and the Nationals’ desire to compete again in 2022 (and perhaps not throw in the towel in the 2021 season). The uncertainty over his health only complicates trade negotiations, casting further doubt on the possibility of Turner changing teams by Friday.
Obviously, Turner’s health is of paramount importance. The Nationals have not commented further beyond the news of his positive test result, but it should be noted that Turner felt well enough to take the field tonight before his positive test was known to the organization.