Major League Baseball has altered its schedule for the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and New York Yankees after the coronavirus outbreak that has affected the Marlins roster and coaching staff.
As a result of the changes, the Miami Marlins will now be out until Sunday. They were originally scheduled to host the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday through Thursday and the Washington Nationals Friday through Sunday.
The Phillies, meanwhile, will be out until Friday after they were initially scheduled to host the Yankees on Tuesday and travel to New York for a two-game set with the Bronx Bomber on Wednesday and Thursday.
Instead, the Yankees will face the Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday to create flexibility on the schedule later in the season.
Mark Feinsand @ @Feinsand
The MLB makes it official: The Marlins were postponed until Sunday, the Yankees will play in the Orioles on Wednesdays and Thursdays, the Phillies will be free until Friday. Full release: https://t.co/eHVd0FznSE
According to Andy Slater of Fox Sport 640, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said Tuesday that the Marlins should follow the recommended 14-day quarantine period when they return to Miami after being exposed to COVID-19 knowingly.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter also announced that the team will move to daily testing going forward:
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For Jeter, the Marlins move into “daily testing schedule.” https://t.co/rpoTVwdwNZ
The schedule adjustments come after Athletic Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the Marlins had four new positive coronavirus cases in their latest round of testing. That brings the total up to 17 total positives among the team in the past five days, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Marlins last played the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday after MLB reporter Robert Murray reported that Miami had “Multiple “players tested positive for COVID-19. José Urena, the team’s scheduled starting pitcher, was scratched due to a positive test.
So far, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TodayThe Philadelphia visiting clubhouse attendant is the only member of the organization to have returned a positive coronavirus test.
The Marlins’ next scheduled game is at home against the Phillies on August 4.