Marlins’ outbreak forces MLB to cancel Monday’s Miami-Baltimore and Yankees-Phillies games

Major League Baseball announced the cancellation of Monday night’s game between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies, as well as the Miami Marlins’ home opener vs. the Baltimore Orioles.

The news came after the Marlins were confirmed to have a COVID-19 outbreak on their roster earlier today. Miami played in Philadelphia over the weekend, which led to the postponement of the Phillies-Yankees game.

At least 14 Miami players have tested positive since last week. Starting pitcher Jose Urena was forced to be scratched from Sunday’s start after testing positive.

“The members of the Marlins’ traveling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcomes of those results,” the league 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.”

MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported Monday morning that the Phillies’ visiting clubhouse is being fumigated “50 different ways” after the news broke. Philadelphia’s visiting clubhouse staff is also said to be quarantining.

As of Monday morning, the Phillies have not had any positive tests since the season resumed. They will continue testing over the coming days.

Miami’s team is staying in Philadelphia while it awaits the results of a new round of testing. The Marlins got off to a hot start, winning the season-opening series. They are currently in sole possession of first place in the NL East with a 2-1 record.

Miami was 200-1 to win the division before being bet down to 100-1 last week. It is unclear how long the Marlins will go without playing.

Miami-Dade County recently surpassed 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases. There were only nine players in the MLB who tested positive throughout the past two weeks, but the Marlins’ outbreak could lead to a pause in the season.

“The baseball season is at a crossroads,” USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale said. “It shouldn’t be cancelled yet. But it’s day-to-day. One more team outbreak, and it may be impossible, if not irresponsible, to continue.”

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