The Miami Marlins’ season has been put on hold.
Major League Baseball officials suspended the team’s season, which started late with first games last week due to the coronavirus pandemic, USA Today reported.
The Marlins have had 15 players and two staff members test positive for the coronavirus since Friday.
The Associated Press reported the season is on hold until Sunday.
As a response to the outbreak that is affecting the Marlins, the Washington Nationals had been scheduled to travel to Miami for a road trip, but Nats players voted to not embark on the trip, WUSA reported. The vote was held before the Marlins’ season was put on hold.
Several games involving the Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies, which the Marlins played over the weekend, and the New York Yankees had been canceled due to the illness facing the Marlins, WPVI reported. The Phillies were expected to face off against the Yankees Monday and Tuesday before traveling to New York for a second round of games. No decision had been made for the New York games as of Tuesday afternoon.
No Philadelphia players or coaches have tested positive for coronavirus, ESPN reported.
For now, the Marlins are not expected to take to the field until next Tuesday for a home game in Miami against the Phillies, USA Today reported. But Monday is in reserve for a possible makeup date.
It is expected that if they play next week, the Marlins will need to go to the reserve player pool to fill out its roster since players can’t return to the game until they test negative for coronavirus twice in 24 hours, USA Today reported. The newspaper reported that additional players may need to quarantine due to being exposed to the virus.
As for the other teams affected by the Marlins’ schedule change, MLB officials could revise the schedule, CBS Sports reported. One adjustment may have the Yankees take on the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday and Thursday, instead of taking off days, CBS Sports reported. The league may also allow teams to not play the same number of games, instead use winning percentage to determine the postseason, The New York Post reported.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said the MLB season may not be able to continue as is, but it may be still too early to tell.
The infectious disease expert told “Good Morning America,” “This could put it [the season] in danger. 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,” according to The Associated Press.
The statement was made before the Marlins announced additional positive tests, the AP reported.
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