Report: Yankees-Phillies Game Postponed After Marlins' COVID-19 Outbreak
It was reported Monday morning that eight Marlins players and two coaches had tested positive for the coronavirus. Over one third (11-of-30) of the Marlins players that traveled on the road trip to Philadelphia over the weekend have now contracted the virus, Jeff Passan of ESPN reports.
Major League Baseball confirmed Monday night's game between the Yankees and Phillies has been postponed with a release. Per the league, "additional COVID-19 testing" is being administered. As a precaution, the Marlins' home opener against the Baltimore Orioles has also been postponed.
Miami had completed its opening series against the Phillies on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees — after wrapping up a three-game series in Washington D.C. — were slated to play at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia the following two nights, using the same clubhouse the Marlins had used over the weekend.
Before the postponement was announced, reports surfaced that the Yankees had begun taking its own precautionary measures to prevent the risk of an outbreak while in Philadelphia.
New York had elected to summon its own clubhouse staff, rather than utilizing those who had worked in the visitor's locker room when the Marlins were in town, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
The clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park was also in the process of being extensively deep cleaned — fumigated in "50 different ways" — per MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
It's unclear whether or not Tuesday's game between the Yankees and Phillies will be played as schedule. As of Monday morning, all other contests across Major League Baseball have not been postponed or canceled.
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