Major League Baseball has postponed all Miami Marlins games until Sunday after the team’s recent outbreak of coronavirus.
MLB announced that Miami’s next six games, beginning with Tuesday night’s home game against the Baltimore Orioles, have been postponed, citing the belief that “it is wiser to allow the Marlins to focus on serving your players and plan your baseball operations. ” for a resumption early next week. “
The postponements were announced Tuesday amid a series of scheduling changes involving four other teams.
The Orioles, who were scheduled to host the Marlins in a two-game series starting Wednesday, will host the New York Yankees for the games on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Yankees were scheduled to play the Phillies in Philadelphia Tuesday night, but that game was officially postponed “as a precaution,” according to MLB. The Phillies were also scheduled to play games Wednesday and Thursday in New York against the Yankees, who are now traveling to Baltimore.
Also affected by Tuesday’s announcement are the Washington Nationals, who were slated to play a three-game series starting Friday in Miami against the Marlins. Most Nationals players voted against playing the Marlins earlier Tuesday, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
Four additional members of the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to ESPN and multiple reports, bringing the total to 17 members of their tour group.
“The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the Marlins face in mind,” MLB said as part of its announcement. “The response described in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the pool of positive cases, including contact tracing and quarantine and testing of all identified close contacts. Marlins staff who tested positive in the test he remains in isolation and they are receiving attention. “
MLB also announced that it has conducted more than 6,400 tests since last Friday, and that there have been no new positive results for COVID-19 among field staff for the other 29 teams besides the Marlins.
“The difficult circumstances of a Club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with protocols in every way, both on and off the field,” said MLB. “We will continue to strengthen our protocols and make the necessary adjustments. The realities of the virus remain important, and we must operate with that in mind every day. We trust that Clubs and players will act appropriately, for themselves and for others. , and the data provide reason to believe that protocols can work effectively. “
Additional schedule changes will be announced later this week.