As reported by ESPN.com, more members of the Miami Marlins organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total to 17 total in the past five days.
The bad news in South Florida continues to grow as more members of the Miami Marlins organization have tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to ESPN.com, “Four more members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus after the latest round of testing, sources familiar with the situation confirmed to ESPN.
“The Marlins have now had 17 people test positive in the past five days. On Monday, the total of confirmed cases stood at 11 players and two coaches.”
And the game between the Marlins and the Baltimore Orioles which was supposed to be the second game at home for Miami has already been canceled, as it was determined by the league office yesterday. When the team will be able to get back on the field is still not known yet.
The impact of the news is affected by travel plans and other MLB teams. The games between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees were canceled as well. The Phillies faced the Marlins over the weekend in a three-game series that Miami took 2-1. None of Philadelphia’s players tested positive for the virus.
It is a growing concern within MLB as the numbers continue to rise from a team where the virus has been a hotbed and cases continue to rise. It’s also affecting other teams in their preparation as the season moves forward.
“A majority of Washington Nationals players have voted against traveling to Miami for this weekend’s three-game series against the Marlins, sources confirmed to ESPN. However, the decision on whether the games are played rests with Major League Baseball, not the Nationals,” the story on the website explains.
The Marlins and all other 29 MLB teams have safety protocols to follow. On Monday, the Miami Marlins announced that pitcher Jose Urena and outfielders Harold Ramirez and Garrett Cooper were placed on the 10-Day I.L. because of the virus. While the front office looked to added pitching reinforcements in Josh Smith and Justin Shafer, who they obtained through waivers, the decision of who will replace both every-day players hasn’t been determined yet.
The Marlins have not released the names of the other individuals who have tested positive for the coronavirus. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on MLB Network on Monday, writes Steve Gardner of USA Today. Even with the situation the way it is in Miami, he does not consider this a “nightmare” situation.
“I don’t put this in the nightmare category,” he said. “We don’t want any player to get exposed. It’s not a positive thing, but I don’t see it as a nightmare. We built the protocols to allow us to continue to play. That’s why we have the expanded rosters. That’s why we have the expanded pools of additional players. We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.”