The Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies have their seasons on pause after a rash of positive tests. Between last Friday and this past Tuesday, 15 players and two staff members of the Marlins had tested positive.
All activity at Citizens Bank Park was cancelled Thursday until further notice. While no players tested positive for COVID-19, there were two staff members that did test positive. "All of our players, coaches and staff are, understandably, having a hard time enduring this experience". A source told ESPN's Jesse Rogers that if what is happening with the Cardinals had occurred before the Marlins' outbreak, Friday's game at Miller Park would still be played. Prior to the game, four Marlins players tested positive for the coronavirus but the team elected to play regardless.
Teams and players agreed before Opening Day to two other rule tweaks that have their roots in the minors. "The Marlins' personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care".
While this is unlikely to change a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, Major League Baseball and its players have changed the format of doubleheaders for the remainder of the 2020 season. They were scheduled to resume play on Saturday against Toronto. After playing a three-game series versus the Marlins in Philadelphia last weekend, the Phillies four-game home-and-home series against the Yankees, which was set to start on Monday in Philadelphia then move to the Bronx yesterday (Wednesday) for two games, was postponed to mitigate the potential spread of the virus by Marlins players and staff. Minnesota is scheduled to host the Indians again Friday night.
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The news comes on the same day another player on the Miami Marlins has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The Miami Marlins have had a lot to deal with recently after a coronavirus outbreak spread to half of their active roster and suspended their season.
The Jays were originally scheduled to open the series in Philadelphia on Friday but Major League Baseball intervened and delayed that by a day to make sure Citizen's Bank Park was deemed safe.
And now the coronavirus is impacting the Cardinals, who according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are now undergoing contact tracing to see who else might be impacted.