This comes after a total of 17 players and two staff members from the Miami Marlins have tested positive for COVID-19.
"The volume of positives we've seen on one team now is alarming", he said.
Hours later, it was revealed more Marlins players had tested positive for the illness and they were forced to stay in the city. The cases have resulted in the suspension of Marlins games at least through this weekend.
The Phillies are scheduled to host Toronto this weekend in a series that was originally scheduled to be on the road but had to be switched because the Blue Jays' temporary ballpark in Buffalo, New York, isn't ready.
Soto, who had 34 homers and 110 RBIs during the 2019 regular season and was a breakout star of October, tested positive for the coronavirus and was sidelined on opening day last week. The Jays might end up playing the Nationals again since neither team has anything better to do. Players and staff have been instructed to isolate in their hotel rooms in Milwaukee, and the club did not leave the hotel Friday for Miller Park.
The team continues to undergo daily testing but now also has a clearer plan in place for what will happen when they are cleared to resume play.
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Earlier this week, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said on MLB Network baseball's comprehensive health and safety protocols were built "to allow us to continue to play".
Major League Baseball is also looking into ways to strengthen its contact tracing program. This naturally brings positive cases, and extra bodies are required to jump in and fill those spots.
"I consider it a smaller challenge", he said. That's why we have the expanded rosters, that's why we have the pools of additional players.
But as much as there is a grim comedy in watching a bad Marlins team try to muddle its way through an outbreak, the situation with the Phillies must have even Manfred reconsidering his opinion on nightmares. On the field, the teams only have brief contact with one another, in a big, open stadium.