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Four more Miami Marlins players reportedly received positive COVID-19 tests amid the club’s outbreak.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the update on Tuesday:
The Marlins had at least 14 known coronavirus cases between players and coaches as of Monday, according to ESPN Jeff Pasan and Jessie Rogers.
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said during an appearance on the MLB network on Monday that he hoped the Marlins could return by Wednesday or Thursday. He said that there was no discussion about stopping the weather in a meeting with the owners of the league:
“We talked about the situation. I think most owners realize that we have built the protocol by predicting that we will have positive tests at certain points during the season, so that the protocol continues to give us through those positivity Was created to allow placing. I think there was support for the notion that we believe protocols are enough to keep our players safe. “
Along with the Marlins and Baltimore Orioles, the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies postponed their Monday and Tuesday games. The Veilis played against Miami over the weekend.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement on Monday:
“The health of our players and staff still remains our primary focus as we navigate through these unchanged waters. After a successful Spring Spring 2.0, we have now experienced challenges when we went on the road and Miami. Left and left home tonight. The opener was the right decision to make sure that we take a collective pause and try to understand the totality of the situation properly. We’ve done another test for our players and staff, And our team will hold the results of all those exams in Philadelphia pending, which we expect later today. We will provide additional information as soon as available. “
MLB Network’s John Heyman reported that the Marlins may have trouble filling their 30-man roster as a result of the high number of positive tests:
Miami was scheduled to play Baltimore at home on Monday and Tuesday before traveling north to face the O’s on the road on Wednesday and Thursday. The Marlins are incited to return home on Friday for six games, three of which are against the Phillies and Washington nationals.
It is unclear when the club will resume play and whether the condensed 60-game regular-season schedule will leave enough time for all postponed games if there is an extended pause.