The Philadelphia Phillies are optimistic their last two positive COVID-19 tests – with a coach and a club attendant – were false positives, Major League Baseball announced on Saturday.
The Phillies, who are a week apart from games against the Miami Marlins without positive player tests until Friday’s tests, are allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered practices starting Saturday.
While three staff members have since tested positive since playing for the Marlins, the MLB said on Saturday: “It appears that two of those tests were false positives, and it is not clear whether the third person contracted COVID-19 from Marlins players and staff based on the time of the positive test. ”
False positives would be good for the Phillies, as it would reduce the incubation period of the team’s most recent exposure to last Sunday against the Marlins, who have had 21 positive tests within their organization since that game.
The Phillies haven’t played since Sunday “out of caution,” the MLB said on Saturday, as the playoffs against the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays were postponed.
Major League Baseball said the Phillies are expected to return to play this week with a four-game streak against the Yankees – in New York on Monday and Tuesday and at home on Wednesday and Thursday.