Major League Baseball knew that there would be some positive COVID-19 tests at some point, but they weren’t prepared for an outbreak this early in the season. The Miami Marlins have been hit hard by the coronavirus already, just one weekend into the season.
On Tuesday, it was announced that four more members of the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19, running the total up to 17. Fifteen players have tested positive for the virus, and two members of the coaching staff.
On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that 11 players and two coaches from the Marlins had tested positive for COVID-19, prompting them to take action. Another round of testing revealed that the virus had spread to four more players.
Players from the Marlins began showing some symptoms over the weekend, and testing proved that the outbreak was more widespread than initially believed to be. Even with extensive health and safety protocols in place, this outbreak proves that it’s very hard to keep the virus from spreading within a clubhouse.
Three members of the Marlins have already been placed on the injured list, and there will likely be several more on the way. Right-hander Jose Urena, outfielder Harold Ramirez, and infielder Garrett Cooper were the first three players to go on the IL.
Miami will now be forced to rely on players that are currently training at the training facility in Jupiter, Fla. Major League Baseball has allowed each team to keep up to 60 players in camp to create some roster flexibility.
The league will also be investigating the source of the outbreak, but it likely stems from the Marlins calling Miami home. Miami is one of the hotspots of the virus, and the disease likely spread on the team plane as the team was traveling to Philadelphia for their season-opening series.
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League Forced to Cancel Games
Major League Baseball was forced to cancel a pair of games on Monday night, and they did the same thing on Tuesday. The league is not planning on shutting down the entire season, but they needed to cancel some games out of an abundance of caution.
The Baltimore Orioles were supposed to take on the Marlins in Miami on Monday, but the team returned home without ever making it to the facility. Miami is supposed to travel to Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday, and that series remains up in the air.
The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees also had their games postponed on Monday and Tuesday. The Yankees were set to use the same clubhouse that the Marlins used while in Philadelphia, and the league wanted to do an extensive cleaning before that series took place.
Other teams around baseball have been dealing with similar issues, but none have been as widespread as what has taken place in Miami.
Sources: No Phillies Present Positive Tests
League sources have confirmed that no members from the Philadelphia Phillies team or coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. The tests were given on Monday morning, and the results came back early on Tuesday.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Phillies requested another round of tests on Tuesday with the hope that these tests come back negative as well. The team is not wanting to return to action until they get at least two negative tests.
This doesn’t mean that members of the Phillies are out of the woods yet, as the incubation period for the coronavirus is 14 days. A pair of negative tests will likely allow the Phillies to get back on the field, and end the string of canceled games.