Phillies staff members test positive for coronavirus, shut down ballpark activities

Challenges ahead Phillies’ season upended in the aftermath of Marlins outbreak

Challenges ahead Phillies’ season upended in the aftermath of Marlins outbreak

The Phillies have been inactive since a weekend series against Florida and the subsequent shutdown of the Marlins season after 18 players and personnel tested positive for the virus.

To this point, eight teams have had games postponed due to positive coronavirus tests.

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo says the team's upcoming series in Philadelphia has been postponed. While no players tested positive for COVID-19, there were two staff members that did test positive.

It's been nice to have Major League Baseball back over the last few days, but the season could already be in jeopardy following the Miami Marlins' recent COVID-19 outbreak.

"We knew from the beginning, before we even started the season, that there was a chance that we may have some positive tests over the course of the season and that we may have to postpone certain games", Marinak said.

After taking two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, the Miami Marlins learned Monday that nine members of their organization (seven players, two coaches) had contracted the coronavirus (COVID-19).

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While this is unlikely to change a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, Major League Baseball and its players have changed the format of doubleheaders for the remainder of the 2020 season. The two teams played at Citizens Bank Park.

Should another outbreak materialize, Manfred, who has the power to shut the season down, could move in that direction.

The Orioles, who were scheduled to host the Marlins in a two-game series starting Wednesday, instead will host the New York Yankees for games Wednesday and Thursday. "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". Milwaukee was the second stop of the Cardinals' current road trip after playing in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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.

The news comes on the same day another player on the Miami Marlins has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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