UPDATE 12:55 p.m.: The entire series appears to be in jeopardy. The Orioles arrive in Miami this afternoon and are expected to depart back for Baltimore shortly after, per reporter Andy Slater.
The team wrapped up a three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies to open the season, but the team has yet to depart Philadelphia due to a need for further testing. ESPN is reporting eight players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing their total cases to at least 14.
On Sunday, the Marlins scratched starting pitcher Jose Urena and also sat designated hitter Garrett Cooper and right fielder Harold Ramirez reportedly due to positive Covid-19 tests. ESPN’s reported eight players and two coaches testing positive is in addition to the three that sat on Sunday.
This raises an assortment of questions for the Marlins, but it also raises concerns for the coming Phillies series. They’re hosting the New York Yankees, with first pitch Monday evening at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Yankees are scheduled to use the visiting clubhouse the Marlins vacated yesterday. It will likely be cleaned and sanitized, but will every Yankee be comfortable using the locker room?
The Athletic spoke with two infectious disease specialists who said the four positive results prior to these fit the definition of a clear outbreak and it suggested the team should have closed down operations for the time being. There is no word yet on where things stand for the Marlins and the league, but The Athletic is reporting any decision on shutting down one or more teams rests in the hands of commissioner Rob Manfred.