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Dodgers Home Opener Opponent Cleared to Play After COVID Outbreak

The Nationals missed their games this week but are clear to play.



The Dodgers are set to kick off their home opener this coming Friday in Los Angeles. It will be the first time that they have hosted fans since the NLDS in 2019. And while they won’t be anywhere near capacity, having fans in the stands is a huge step towards normalcy for Los Angeles. 

But there were some questions as to whether or not they would even get to play their home opener on Friday. The Dodgers are supposed to play the Nationals, a team that had a big COVID outbreak to start the year. Washington had to cancel 4 games, including 1 on Opening Day. 

The good news is that the Nationals have been cleared by MLB to play this week. They will skip their game tonight against the Braves and jump back into a 2-game series versus the Braves before heading out west to face the Dodgers. 

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In a memo sent out by the league, they detailed that Nationals players that are eligible to play will participate this week. It does not specifically name which players will have to sit out for the quarantine period, which would include games against the Dodgers. 

The Nationals reportedly had multiple players test positive prior to Opening Day. While it likely should not be a problem for the Dodgers, there is always a little concern when a team runs into an outbreak of that magnitude. 

The Dodgers will play a 3-game series against the A’s starting tonight in Oakland before heading home. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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