Marlins postpone flight after virus ailments, Ohtani bombed in Oakland

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Los Angeles (AFP)

The Miami Marlins were forced to delay their travel plans out of Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon after several players reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus, US media reported.

The Marlins decided to stay an extra night after right-handed pitcher Jose Urena, first baseman Garrett Cooper and outfielder Harold Ramirez all tested positive, ESPN.com reported.

Receiver Jorge Alfaro also tested positive on Friday.

Manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins decided to wait until Monday to leave Philadelphia. They plan to arrive in Miami hours before their home opener against Baltimore.

The test results likely mean some players will stay in Philadelphia and miss the home opener.

“The guys who have tested positive are being quarantined here in Philadelphia,” Mattingly said.

The Marlins’ decision to postpone their return flight was made out of family concerns.

“We were more comfortable as a group later on,” Mattingly said. “We’re talking about these guys going home, their families and their kids, and that’s why we want to be safe. ”

Urena was supposed to make the series finale Sunday in Philadelphia, but that start was given to Robert Dugger. The Marlins ended the field game on a high note with an 11-6 victory to win two of three games in the season opener.

“We take risks every day,” Mattingly told reporters. “We’re going to have to be adjustable, we’re going to have to be flexible, we’re going to have to be patient. ”

Meanwhile, two-way Japanese player Shohei Ohtani would like to forget his return to the mound on Sunday after the Los Angeles Angels sensation failed to register a takedown on his 2020 debut.

Ohtani, who has pitched for the first time in 20 months, sounded the alarm bells about his ability to play two positions this season by dropping three singles and walking three hitters in a 6-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics.

“He just didn’t throw the ball very well,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “I can’t sit here and make excuses for him. I’m not going to do this. The fastball didn’t come out, there was no disappointment in his throws. ”

Ohtani said he feels ready to play and needs to throw more pitches in a competitive atmosphere.

“I just have to have that feeling for the game,” Ohtani said. “Today I just felt like I was throwing the ball rather than throwing. ”

Limited to a designated hitter role last season, Ohtani belted 18 home runs with a .286 batting average.

Ohtani was the 2018 AHL Rookie of the Year after defeating .285 with 22 homers, 10 goals stolen and 61 points played plus a 4-2 record in 10 starts with a 3.31 earned run average and 63 strikeouts.

Babe Ruth, a legend from a century ago, was the only other player to have managed 10 appearances and 20 homers in an MLB season.

Mitch Keller also pitched a solid five innings, and manager Derek Shelton engaged in American baseball’s first socially distant argument with a referee as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated St. Louis 5-1 on Sunday.

In the third inning, Shelton donned his face mask and left the canoe to argue with Jordan Baker after the plate umpire threw Pirates pitcher Derek Holland out of play for disputing balls and hitting.

– Malfunction of the PPE mask –

“Jordan did a really good job. We were trying to stay apart, which we both were aware of, ”Shelton said. “Then his mask snapped halfway (our argument), so I wanted to make sure my mask stayed on and it looked great. ”

Arguments between managers and umpires are a tradition in American baseball, with the dust usually ending with sending the manager to an early shower in the clubhouse.

But Baker allowed Shelton to escape from a safe distance before order was restored and play continued.

“He handled it professionally,” Shelton said. “I think it was the first time, and we were both in an unfamiliar area, and then when I went there later, we kind of had a little chuckle. “

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