Another Miami Marlins player has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number at his travel party to 18, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Major League Baseball had already postponed all of the Marlins’ games on Sunday following the team’s recent outbreak.
“It is most prudent to allow the Marlins to focus on taking care of their players and planning baseball operations to resume early next week,” the league said in a statement.
The Marlins have lived in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend and are undergoing daily testing. Sixteen players and two employees have now tested positive.
No Phillies player or coach has tested positive for the past two days, a source told ESPN, but a clubhouse attendant did.
The postponements announced on Tuesday were among a series of scheduling changes that included four other teams as the result from the Marlins’ positive tests. Athletic was the first to report this latest positive test.
Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Drs. Anthony Fauci told the ESPN Daily Podcast that he really thinks MLB handled it well, to be honest with you, in that he actually did that in a way that you can. The main goal was to strive to achieve … to protect the health and well-being of the players and personnel associated with the team. “
He said: “When I discussed with some executives from different teams, as well as MLB in general, we went over the different types of protocols that they needed … one of the tests and things. This one What is of great concern is what happens if a group of players gets infected and how are you handling it? Will this wind not only shut down the team? Will the other teams playing after this also be affected? It was an idea.
“I think we have to take it on a day by day, week by week basis.”