Two major league games scheduled for Monday night have been postponed as the Miami Marlins deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia.
The Marlins’ home opener against Baltimore was called off, as was the New York Yankees’ game at Philadelphia. The Yankees would have been in the same clubhouse the Marlins used last weekend.
The Marlins, who opened their season last Friday with a three-game series in Philadelphia, were originally scheduled to return home after Sunday’s game but decided to wait until Monday to travel so they could undergo testing.
Major League Baseball announced the cancellation of both games about seven hours before the scheduled first pitch, saying additional COVID-19 testing was being conducted.
“The members of the Marlins’ travelling party are self-quarantining in place while awaiting the outcome of those results,” MLB said in a statement.
ESPN reported Monday the number of cases within the team has reached at least 14.
After Sunday’s game, Marlins manager Don Mattingly said the members of the team who tested positive were quarantined in Philadelphia and that the team’s decision to postpone their flight was made with family members in mind.
“We were more comfortable flying as a group later,” said Mattingly. “We’re talking about these guys travelling back home to their families and their kids, and it’s the reason we want to be safe.”
Marlins pitcher Jose Urena was scratched from his scheduled start in Sunday’s game, and catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list Friday. No reasons were given for the moves.
The Marlins’ precarious health raised new doubts about MLB’s ability to finish the season during a pandemic.
In Cincinnati, Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and centre fielder Nick Senzel felt sick Sunday, a day after a teammate went on the injured list because he tested positive for the coronavirus.