The dominoes continue to fall following the outbreak of COVID-19 on the Miami Marlins.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Tuesday’s game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed. Game 1 of that two-game series, which was supposed to be played on Monday, was also postponed after Marlins players tested positive for the coronavirus while still in Philadelphia.
No positive tests reported on Phillies
This outbreak, which is continuing to snowball, began over the weekend when the Marlins traveled to Philadelphia to play the Phillies. Marlins players decided to play on Sunday despite several of their teammates testing positive, even though they’d likely been exposed. That decision was made without the input of experts, who say that the Marlins should not have played.
Monday brought news of more positive tests on the Marlins, which led to the postponement of the Marlins-Orioles game and the Yankees-Phillies game. The Marlins remained in Philadelphia to quarantine and wait for the results of more testing, and the entire Phillies team and numerous staff had to be tested since the Marlins exposed them to the coronavirus.
Even though the second Yankees-Phillies game has been postponed, there might be some good news. According to Sherman, there have been no positive tests on the Phillies thus far.
Heard the early results are that no #Phillies players have so far tested positive.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2020
As for the Marlins, four more players have reportedly tested positive.
MLB considering schedule shuffle
While MLB figures out what will happen next with the Marlins and the Phillies, to a lesser degree, one option will be to have their opponents — Yankees and Orioles — play each other. The plan isn’t set in stone, but it sounds like there could be some schedule shuffling so that the Yankees and Orioles (and future Marlins opponents) aren’t just waiting around for their next opponent.
One scenario under discussion, according to source with direct knowledge: Marlins, Phillies would quarantine for undetermined period. Yankees would travel to Baltimore and play Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday. Marlins, Phillies would try to make up postponed games later.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2020
Under one plan, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Marlins wouldn’t play again until Monday.
Have heard strongest plan is to have #Marlins not play until Monday, give time to regroup and update/prerare roster. The hope would be that with regional games/repeat v. same opponents that they could make up much of the 60-game sked with offday pay and DHs.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2020
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