Nationals place Trea Turner, three others on COVID-19 IL

Washington Nationals' Trea Turner tosses his helmet after hitting a walk-off home run. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Washington Nationals have placed star shortstop Trea Turner and three other players on the COVID-19 injured list. The move comes one day after the team's game against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed due to four players and eight staff members testing positive for the coronavirus.

Catcher Alex Avila, right-handed pitcher Daniel Hudson and right-handed pitcher Austin Voth were also added to the list. Avila had been on the injured list already with a calf strain.

In addition to the players, manager Dave Martinez announced a number of changes to roles on the coaching staff to cover off people unavailable, including strength coach Mike Warren coming up to the majors from triple-A Rochester.

Speaking to the media Wednesday, Martinez said all those who had tested positive are fully vaccinated.

“I encourage people to get vaccinated,” Martinez said. “It does help. I’m seeing it first-hand. It’s basically a small head cold, but they’re doing fine.”

The Nationals and Phillies will play a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday. Max Scherzer will start the first game for the Nationals, his final start before Friday's trade deadline.

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