The Miami Marlins received more bad news when four additional players tested positive for the coronavirus. The virus has now infected 15 players and two coaches on the team. One of the players has since tested negative but needs a second consecutive negative test to be cleared to return to play.
The Marlins reported that four players tested positive before Sunday's (July 26) game against the Philadelphia Phillies. The players entered the league's COVID-19 protocols, and the game went on as scheduled. The next day, 11 players and two coaches tested positive. As a result, the Marlins' home-opener against the Baltimore Orioles was postponed, as was the Phillies game against the New York Yankees. The games scheduled for Tuesday night were also postponed.
The Phillies are planning to head to New York to play the Yankees. Before they leave, all members of their traveling party will be tested. So far, none of the Phillies players have tested positive since their weekend series against the Marlins, but the incubation period for the virus can be up to 14 days.
The outbreak among the Marlins comes less than one week into the league's 60-game shortened season and has put the return in jeopardy. While the league believes they can play through the outbreak in the Marlins clubhouse, some players aren't so sure.
The Washington Nationals held a team vote, and according to MLB reporter Ken Rosenthal, a majority of players voted against traveling to Miami for their upcoming series. Ultimately, the decision whether to cancel that series or suspend the season rests with Major League Baseball.
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