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Baseball’s Return in Peril After Champs Shut Down Training

  • Nationals halt camp after three days due to delayed tests
  • Astros also shut down their workouts after test delays
The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Houston.
The Washington Nationals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in Game Seven to win the 2019 World Series in Houston.Photographer: Tim Warner/Getty Images
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The World Series champion Washington Nationals have shut down their spring training after just three days, and their players and front office are questioning the wisdom of baseball’s return to play.

In a statement Monday, General Manager Mike Rizzo said the team canceled its morning workout due to a delay in receiving test results from Major League Baseball’s lab. The Houston Astros, the Nationals’ opponent in last year’s World Series, also canceled workouts on Monday after test delays.