13 Miami Marlins Players, Staff Test Positive for COVID-19; Marlins-Orioles, Phillies-Yankees Series Postponed

(UPDATE – 10:50 a.m.) Baltimore players are headed back to Maryland.

(ORIGINAL – 10:37 a.m.) Baseball’s worst case scenario may be on their doorstep as 13 Miami Marlins players and staff have tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday.

Early Monday morning the reports came from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal about just four positive tests coming since Friday.

Then, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported eight more players and two coaches tested positive. However, it was discovered that seven new cases among players, not eight, which totals 13 new cases since Friday. Some of players found out they were positive on Sunday.

One question still unanswered, if the Marlins knew they positive tests on Sunday, why did they play on Sunday?

Major League Baseball released a statement that the Marlins home-opening series against Baltimore and the Phillies series with the Yankees are postponed “while [MLB] conducts additional COVID-19 testing.”

After the outbreak, the Phillies staff who work in the visitor’s clubhouse will quarantine.

Sadly, even if the Phillies test negative today or even tomorrow, they may not show positive tests because of the incubation period of COVID-19 as Rosenthal mentions below.

The one silver lining for MLB continuing the season is how they’ve structured the 60 game schedule to be regionally specific. Meaning, the East divisions of the American and National League only play amongst each other, but they won’t be in contact with the teams of the Central or West divisions. So, it could be relatively contained.

As for right now, we wait.

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