The Miami Marlins match has been postponed until Sunday after a A coronavirus outbreak among players forced the suspension of two baseball games on Monday.
“Given the current circumstances, MLB believes that it is the wisest to give the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations to restart next week,” Major League Baseball said in a statement Tuesday.
On Monday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said that four Marlins had tested positive for the virus over the weekend. At the time, he said those cases would not derail the 2020 season. More than a dozen members of the Marlins organization were now declared positive, report NBC South Florida.
The Miami baseball team is scheduled to play Monday night’s opening match against Baltimore Orioles, but the match is postponed so the league can conduct additional corona virus testing.
A match between the New York Yankees’ and Philadelphia Phillies was also postponed Monday because it was very careful because the Marlins had completed the series in Philadelphia over the weekend and the Yankees would use the same clubhouse as the Marlins, according to MLB.com.
The league said in their statement that the remainder of the home-and-home series between the Phillies and Yankees had also been postponed.
“As a result of this delay, the Yankees will now play the Baltimore Orioles on Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday to create scheduling flexibility later this season,” the statement said, adding that additional scheduling would be announced later. the date.
Of the 6,400 coronavirus tests conducted since Friday, there were no new cases among field personnel from one of the 29 other league clubs. Marlins who tested positive were in isolation and receiving treatment, said the league.
“The difficult circumstances of a club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with protocols in all matters, both on and off the field,” the statement said. “We will continue to improve our protocol and make adjustments as needed.”
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement on Monday which said that the health of his team was a top priority,
“After Spring 2.0 was successful, we are now experiencing challenges as soon as we leave Miami,” Jeter said.
MLB season is scheduled to start March 26, with a team that is ready to play 162 matches, before the coronavirus pandemic breaks out. A Schedule 60 matches, played in an empty baseball stadium, starting Thursday.
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