The Miami Marlins have canceled their season opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday after more than a dozen players and coaches tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Marlins’ home opener against the Baltimore Orioles tonight has been canceled, sources tell ESPN, as the team remains in Philadelphia and continues to undergo testing.
The decision comes after the team postponed their flight home from Philadelphia on Sunday amid fears of a growing COVID-19 outbreak inside the organization, according to The Associated Press. The number of Miami players and coaches who have tested postive for the virus is now at 14, Passan reports.
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“Manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins decided to wait until Monday to leave Philadelphia, and they planned to arrive in Miami hours before their home opener against Baltimore. The trip might be made while multiple players remain in Philadelphia.”
Sources: Marlins new positives include Cooper and Ramirez in addition to Urena, plus Alfaro had been positive. So they’ve now lost their starting RF, DH/1B and C in addition to one of their better pitchers. @ByRobertMurray 1st on some names
ESPN speculates that the players might have been infected while they were in Atlanta:
“It’s possible that the infections occurred Wednesday on the team’s trip to and from Atlanta, where the Marlins played the Braves in an exhibition game. Since leaving Atlanta — after a flight delay — the Marlins have been in Philadelphia all weekend for the team’s opening series.”
The Marlins occupied the Phillies visitors’ clubhouse over the weekend — and the New York Yankees are scheduled to occupy it next, as they open a two-game series against Philadelphia on Monday.
Marlins had multiple positives cases yesterday and say they never considered not playing against the Phillies. The Phillies played on the same field as them, and now the Yankees are scheduled to share the same visiting clubhouse the Marlins used yesterday.