NEW YORK — Another player with the Miami Marlins has tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the team’s outbreak total to 17 players, according to the Associated Press and the Athletic.
The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, said Thursday there were no positive results among players from Wednesday’s testing. Two staffers, however, did test positive. One is a member of the coaching staff and the other is a member of the home clubhouse staff. All activity at Citizens Bank Park was canceled until further notice.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that his team’s series at Philadelphia scheduled for this weekend was called off because of concerns about the positive tests.
“Our plans right now are to stay put and let MLB work through whatever they’re working through,” Montoyo said before his club played the last of four games in Washington. “We’re not going to Philadelphia. Those games have been postponed.”
The Marlins remain quarantined in Philadelphia, where the outbreak was discovered during a weekend series against the Phillies. Two Marlins staff members have also tested positive.
Miami’s season has been suspended through at least Sunday, and it appears the schedule will be altered next week, too.
The Marlins are supposed to host Philadelphia on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but Phillies general manager Matt Klentak and Yankees manager Aaron Boone said this week that MLB is working to have Philadelphia play New York instead, creating uncertainty about when and where Miami will resume.
The Blue Jays are stuck on the road because the Canadian government wouldn’t let them use their stadium in Toronto this season because of fears about teams traveling back and forth to the United States. Eventually, the Blue Jays are supposed to play home games at a minor league ballpark in Buffalo, but it isn’t ready. So Montoyo’s team played its “home opener” at Washington on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays were then supposed to start a three-game series at the Phillies on Friday. First, MLB shifted Friday’s game to part of a doubleheader Saturday, with the series finale Sunday — and now all three games are scrapped, leaving Toronto in limbo.
“We’re going to talk to the Nationals, see if we can work out here,” Montoyo said. “If they say yes, we’ll stay and work out until MLB tells us where to go next.”