MLB: Two Monday night games and one for Tuesday has been suspended by Major League baseball owing to the COVID-19 pandemic among the Miami Marlins. As is the home game against the New York Yankees against Monday’s Philadelphia Phillies, both Marlins’ opening home series games against the Baltimore Orioles are off.
Miami recently finished a series in Philadelphia, and the coronavirus tested positive for seven more players and two coaches with the Marlins. An epidemic spread across their clubhouse and in recent days took the total cases to at least 13, sources acquainted with the circumstance informed Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers.
Upon having the results of Monday’s check round, the Marlins who have tested negative will head straight from Philadelphia to Baltimore by bus for their projected games against the Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday, who will depart Miami on Monday night.
MLB confirmed Monday’s games were delayed because further work is being carried out by the league. In an appearance on MLB Network, Commissioner Rob Manfred later announced that the Marlins game would be off Tuesday.
“The members of the Marlins’ traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results,” MLB said in a statement. “Major League Baseball has been coordinating with the Major League Baseball Players Association; the Marlins; the Orioles; the Marlins’ weekend opponent, the Phillies; and Club medical staffs, and will continue to provide updates as appropriate.”
The Marlins have also issued a declaration on CEO Derek Jeter’s part.
“The health of our players and staff has been and will continue to be our primary focus as we navigate through these unchartered waters,” he said. “After a successful Spring 2.0, we have now experienced challenges once we went on the road and left Miami. Postponing tonight’s home opener was the correct decision to ensure we take a collective pause and try to properly grasp the totality of this situation.”
An MLB source confirmed Pedro Gomez that the league is still very much discussing calling off the Phillies-Yankees game on Tuesday. This would encourage the Yankees to leave Philadelphia and return to their homes. The same clubs are set to play Wednesday and Thursday in the Bronx.
Preceding the Yankees-Phillies game was suspended Monday, the Yankees were notified multiple times that the visitors’ clubhouse had been properly disinfected, sources notified Marly Rivera. The Yankees have also put their own New York clubhouse staff to work on the game, but such efforts do not seem to have been enough.
As per sources acquainted with the issue, four Marlins players screened positively for the coronavirus on Sunday, encompassing the starting pitcher that day, Jose Urena, prompting the team to cancel their postgame trip home amid fears about a potential spread.
The Marlins will already be without Urena’s services; catcher Jorge Alfaro, who was put on the wounded list on Friday preceding their season opener; infielder Garrett Cooper; and outfielder Harold Ramirez. The Marlins made some attempts to shore up their roster Monday adding right-hand pitcher Justin Shafer and left-hander Josh Smith off Cincinnati waivers. Cooper, Ramirez and Urena were placed on the wounded list.
It is unknown when the Marlins got the latest positive results from the test. Before Sunday’s game, certain players contacted each other about the health problems of the team, but there was no discussion of refusing to play, Miguel Rojas told shortstop.
“That was never our mentality,” Rojas said. “We knew this could happen at some point. We came to the ballpark ready to play.”
Manager Don Mattingly said: “It’s fair to say guys are concerned about things. They want how they’re feeling about the situation to be heard. I think it’s fair. We’re talking about health.”
The team had played an exhibition game in Atlanta on Wednesday before the starting series of the Marlins in Philadelphia. It is also likely there were infections.