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MLB schedule revised again after Phillies’ positive COVID-19 tests; six teams

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Player Analysis: Phillies and Blue Jays Postpone Weekend Series Due To Covid-19

Major League Baseball had a COVID-19 crisis develop during the first week of its 60-game 2020 season. As many as 19 members of the Miami Marlins, including 17 players, have tested positive in recent days. On Thursday, in the latest round of testing, two Phillies staff members tested positive for COVID-19

In an effort to minimize disruption to the season while containing the outbreak, MLB has revised the schedule to isolate the Marlins and Phillies for a period of time. The Phillies, who did not face the Yankees in an originally scheduled four-game home-and-home series this week, will not play the Blue Jays this weekend. The Marlins will also not play until Monday at the earliest. The Phillies and Marlins are currently scheduled to start a series in Miami on Tuesday.

The Phillies, Yankees, Orioles, Nationals and Blue Jays have all had their schedules altered in the wake of the Marlins’ outbreak.

“The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind,” MLB said in a statement. “The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts. The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care.”

Miami’s season has been halted until Monday, Aug. 3, giving the club time to regroup and adjust their roster as necessary. “MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their baseball operations for a resumption early next week,” said the statement. The Marlins are next scheduled to play Tuesday, Aug. 4 at home against the Phillies, though it’s possible a game could be added on Monday, according to Jon Heyman

The Yankees and Orioles are bystanders in the outbreak. The Yankees were scheduled to play four games with the Phillies this week (two in Philadelphia and two in New York) while the Orioles were scheduled to play four games with the Marlins (two in Miami and two in Baltimore). The revised schedule has the Yankees and Orioles playing Wednesday and Thursday rather than sit idle.

The Marlins were scheduled to play a three-game series against the Nationals this weekend. The vast majority of Nationals players voted not to travel to Miami for safety reasons. Under the revised schedule, the Nationals will not play this weekend while the Marlins are on hiatus. Here, for the sake of laying it all out, is the revised schedule:

Blue Jays

Tues., July 28



at TOR



vs. WSH

Weds., July 29



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