Trea Turner removed vs. Phillies due to positive COVID test originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner was removed in the first inning of Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to a positive COVID-19 test, the team announced.
Turner, who has increasingly been in trade rumors ahead of MLB's trade deadline at 4 p.m. on Friday, immediately went down the team tunnel after scoring on Josh Bell's three-run homer.
Gerardo Parra came in to left field to replace Turner at the bottom of the first, as Alcides Escobar slid over to Turner's shortstop position and Josh Harrison went to second base.
Turner is among two players, along with Fernando Tatis Jr., in the majors to have at least 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases. The first-time all-star's 18 homers (one shy of his career-high), 21 stolen bases, and 49 RBIs again show how valuable he has become to the Nationals.
Whether that value is as a cornerstone of the club for years to come or as a centerpiece in a big deal before Friday's deadline for general manager Mike Rizzo remains to be seen.