MIAMI – The Miami Marlins’ home opener has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak within the team.
ESPN is reporting that eight more players and two coaches with the Marlins have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total of cases in recent days to at least 14.
The infections include four players — Jorge Alfaro, Jose Urena, Harold Ramirez and Garrett Cooper — who had reportedly tested positive within the last few days.
The team won two of three games in its opening weekend series in Philadelphia, despite the news of positive tests. After Sunday’s win, manager Don Mattingly announced the Marlins would stay overnight in Philadelphia as a precaution to wait for the next round of results.
The plan was to have the members of the team who tested negative to travel to Miami to play the home opener on Monday night against Baltimore.
When news broke this morning that it was a significant amount of positive tests, the decision was made to cancel the game and have the team remain in Philadelphia until more tests were done.
“The guys that tested positive are quarantined here in Philly,” Mattingly said on Sunday. “We were more comfortable flying as a group later,” Mattingly said. “We’re talking about these guys traveling back home to their families and their kids, and it’s the reason we want to be safe.”
The Marlins’ precarious health raised anew doubts about MLB’s ability to finish the season during a pandemic. In Cincinnati, Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Nick Senzel felt sick Sunday, a day after a teammate went on the injured list because he tested positive for COVID-19.
Many within the Marlins organization were privately concerned that this would be the case. When one case went to four and they kept playing this weekend, this result was unfortunately a realistic scenario. We’ll see what MLB decides next. Not sure this can be just one game.
— Will Manso (@WillManso) July 27, 2020
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