Marlins COVID-19: 14 members positive for the virus; Team cancels flight from Philadelphia and first home game: ESPN


PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – A total of 14 Miami Marlins, including 12 players and two coaches, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Philadelphia, ESPN’s Jeff Pasan reported on Monday morning. to the four players who tested positive on Sunday.The team wrapped up a series against the Phillies on Sunday and were due to return home to Miami on Monday.

However, their return flight was canceled, Action News has learned.

The team also called off their home opener which was scheduled for Monday night.

The New York Yankees are scheduled to visit Philadelphia on Monday for a two-game series at Citizens Bank Park.

Under MLB guidelines, players will be isolated from the squad until they test negative twice at least 24 hours apart, show no symptoms for 72 hours, and receive medical approval. of the team.

Phillies manager Joe Girardi said on Sunday the players received a text earlier in the day to know that a possible coronavirus outbreak had affected the Marlins.

“You have to be safe. You can’t really be in contact with a lot of people because you’re putting everyone at risk, ”he said.

Jose Urena, starting Miami’s opening day in 2018 and 2019, was sidelined from his start about 90 minutes before the first pitch. The Marlins have not disclosed the reason.

According to ESPN, Urena and three other Marlins players were the first four to test positive.

The Marlins did not plan to miss Sunday’s game.

“We take risks every day,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday. “That’s what players across the league do. You travel all the time… it’s a risk we take. We’re going to have to be adjustable, we’re going to have to be flexible, we’re going to be patient. ”

The Marlins’ precarious health has raised new doubts about MLB’s ability to end the season during a pandemic. In Cincinnati, Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and center fielder Nick Senzel felt ill on Sunday, a day after a teammate went on the injured list because he tested positive for COVID- 19.

The Marlins played exhibition games in Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday against the Braves, who have since been deprived of their top two receivers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud, after both players exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 .

Mattingly declined to say if he thinks the Marlins’ health concerns were related to the Atlanta shutdown. Miami is a hotspot for the pandemic, but on Sunday Mattingly said he felt safer there. “You feel safe at the ballpark; I feel safe with my environment coming home, ”he said. “It’s a lot scarier on the road. ”

ESPN and Associated Press contributed to this report

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