The Phillies have 2 more players, 2 employees test positive for coronavirus

PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies say two more players and two additional staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, increasing the total number of members in the organization who have the virus to 12.

The Phillies said Tuesday that all other tests within the organization have been negative. One of the two players tested positive outside the team’s spring complex in Clearwater, Florida.

The Phillies did not identify anyone affected by COVID-19.

The Phillies closed their spring complex on Friday after five players and three staff members tested positive, making them the first major league team known for the outbreak.

MLB responded Friday night by closing the 30 spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, states that have seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases, and ordering them to undergo thorough cleaning and disinfection.

Other teams have reported positive tests without identifying the affected players.

The cases occurred when Major League Baseball moved closer to implementing a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length.