Nationals’ Turner removed vs. Phillies after testing positive for COVID-19

Washington Nationals' Trea Turner rounds the bases on his home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Nick Wass/AP)

The Washington Nationals say all-star shortstop Trea Turner was lifted from the team’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Turner was removed from the contest in the first inning.

The 28-year-old, who has been involved in trade rumours in the lead-up to Friday’s MLB trade deadline, has put up 18 home runs and 49 RBI while slashing .320/.368/.519 across 95 games this season.

Turner has spent the entirety of his seven-year MLB career in Washington.

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