Another player with the Miami Marlins has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the team's outbreak total to 17 players, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Phillies canceled all baseball activities because two people - a coach and home clubhouse staff member - had tested positive. That means that the two-game series scheduled to be played in Philly against the New York Yankees Monday and Tuesday won't be played, with the same going for the two-game series that the clubs were slated to play Wednesday and Thursday at Yankee Stadium. "The Marlins' personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care". The Phillies lost two of three to the Miami Marlins in their opening series, at least in part due to a bullpen whose issues far predate his arrival.
Toronto was scheduled to be the home team in Philadelphia. They are also waiting to see how much next week's schedule is changed.
When asked about the validity of the report of players leaving the team hotel in Atlanta, a Marlins team spokesperson said Thursday that Major League Baseball and the Marlins are trying to make sure that everyone has as many facts as possible.
And, then, maybe (MAYBE!) if the Phillies continue to test negative through the week, they will play the Blue Jays for their weekend series starting Friday.
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Now, the Phillies season has been forced to take a temporary pause because of a Coronavirus outbreak that has ravished the Marlins, who spent the past weekend in Citizens Bank Park. "I don't believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis". The incubation period for the virus is three to 14 days.
Marlins players, who are quarantining in their hotel rooms, face challenges with staying in shape.
The Marlins claimed pitchers Josh D. Smith and Justin Shafer off waivers from the Reds on Monday and righthander Mike Morin off waivers from the Brewers on Tuesday to help bridge the gap and give them more major-league ready players.
"It might be that they have to go in a bubble", Fauci said, "but I think they're conscientious enough and want to protect their players and protect the personnel that they will do the right thing".
If they're not, and the Marlins have to dig deep into their player pool, the overwhelming opinion is Manfred's words about maintaining competitive integrity will ring hollow.