The person discussing the Marlins spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the tests had not been made public. At least 21 members of the Marlins’ travel party were infected with an outbreak at the start of a season opening trip.
The team haven’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hope to resume games next week.
Diaz has always tested negative while the season was on hold, but he decided to become the first Miami player to retire. He played two of the Marlins’ three games before their season was cut short.
Diaz beat .173 as a rookie last year, but the organization has high hopes for his potential.
The infected Marlins players and staff left Philadelphia on sleeper buses Friday for Miami, where they will remain in quarantine together. The rest of the team remained in isolation at a Philadelphia hotel.
With six teams inactive by the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols.
Manfred and Clark have spoken about what needs to be done to end the season, a person familiar with the conversation said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
The conversation between Manfred and Clark, first reported by ESPN, comes amid mounting evidence that the spread of the infection threatens to overtake efforts to play ball.
“Some things don’t look very good right now, but we have to play until this point. The players see what can happen, ”said Houston manager Dusty Baker.
The last game postponed was Milwaukee’s first home game against St. Louis, dropped hours before the first pitch after two Cardinals players tested positive.
The Cardinals said in a statement that they learned of positive tests on samples taken Wednesday evening on Thursday. Players and staff were asked to isolate themselves in their hotel rooms.
The Cardinals and Brewers were still hoping to play on Saturday night and catch up with Friday’s game with a pair of seven-innings on Sunday as part of a newly approved MLB plan for doubles.
The Phillies-Blue Jays series in Philadelphia was one of two weekend series canceled earlier. The Marlins have been hit by a virus outbreak in Philadelphia that has infected at least 20 members of their traveling party, and Miami and the Phillies have been sidelined for at least a week.
The schedules for the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles were also scrambled a week after the start of a season. Cleveland players and staff have spoken of postponing Friday night’s game at Minnesota. The Cardinals had played at Target Field on Wednesday, a day before the Indians arrived.