WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto was in a red top and back on the bench in the home dugout Saturday at Nationals Park.
The Nationals gathered to play a simulated game Saturday since their three-game series with the Miami Marlins was postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak within the Miami organization.
Soto had been away from the team for 10 days after he tested positive July 21 and learned of the result July 23, hours before the season opener. Soto was cleared Wednesday by Major League Baseball to rejoin the team. He needed to finish a 10-day quarantine period mandated by the city of Washington before he could return to the field.
Manager Davey Martinez said Soto was asymptomatic throughout his quarantine stay. It was the second quarantine period for Soto since Major League Baseball restarted the 2020 season with intake testing July 1. He was originally placed in quarantine because he came in contact with someone who tested positive for coronavirus.
The Nationals went 3-4 without their best hitter in the lineup during the first week. They are tied for 24th in runs scored entering Saturday.
A two-game series with the Mets begins Tuesday.
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