The Nationals had to cancel Monday workouts after a delay with their COVID-19 test results. Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals cancel practice due to coronavirus testing delays

Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle lamented delays in coronavirus testing on Sunday, and now we can understand why.

The Nationals had to cancel practice on Monday because the test results still weren't available. The delay led general manager Mike Rizzo to question MLB's ability to run safely as a result.

Washington believed the tests they took Friday would be available from MLB's lab in Utah within 24 hours. They weren't, which led to Monday's cancelation. The team has had three days of workouts thus far in preparation for the season start on either July 23 or 24.

After MLB's first round of coronavirus testing, it was announced that 31 players tested positive for the virus. That alone has made many players consider their options for the 2020 campaign, and some already have opted out.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price, Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Mike Leake and Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond are among some of the most notable players to announce they won't be competing in 2020.

That's not all, either. MLB's biggest star, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout, is considering opting out because he and his wife Jessica are expecting their first child to be born in August. The three-time MVP doesn't want to risk getting his wife or child sick and is uncomfortable returning to the field with the rising number of coronavirus cases in many states.

Trout also has been in contact with various players around the league, and all are thinking the same thing he is: "Is this gonna work?"

After Monday's issues, that is certainly a fair question.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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