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Major League Baseball postpones Blue Jays-Phillies series after more positives

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Washington Nationals' Trea Turner jumps into the arms of a teammate after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park Sunday

Earlier Thursday, word emerged that another player with the Miami Marlins - who recently played at Philadelphia - tested positive for COVID-19, bringing their total outbreak to 17 players, according to a person familiar with the situation. Over half the players on the team have tested positive for coronavirus since Sunday. "We have a very robust set of protocols in place for the explicit reason of preventing something like this happening". The teams won't play Friday and instead will have a traditional doubleheader on Saturday.

But all Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for COVID-19 for a second straight day, Klentak said. It really doesn't matter if Miami Marlins or Philadelphia Phillies games are erased from the schedule in terms of business integrity. "I think we can still hopefully practice, pitchers throw bullpens". However, no players tested positive.

The idea behind the plan is to reduce the wear and tear on pitchers amid a regular season previously reduced to 60 games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Markakis, the veteran outfielder who is in his sixth season with Atlanta, said Wednesday he changed his mind about sitting out after watching his teammates play the first five games. However, data and odds show they will also inevitably have positive tests. Freeman struggled with symptoms but has since returned to the team. He was an All-Star in 2018.

One coach and one clubhouse attendant tested positive, according the team's release.

The Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday they've shut down all activity at their ballpark and there are reports a weekend series of games has been postponed.

However, there is no guidance in the document regarding a COVID-19 outbreak, especially a relatively large incident such as in the Marlins' case. After playing a three-game series versus the Marlins in Philadelphia last weekend, the Phillies four-game home-and-home series against the Yankees, which was set to start on Monday in Philadelphia then move to the Bronx yesterday (Wednesday) for two games, was postponed to mitigate the potential spread of the virus by Marlins players and staff.

Major League Baseball also announced that it has conducted more than 6,400 tests since this past Friday, and there have been no new positive results for COVID-19 among on-field personnel from the other 29 teams besides the Marlins. It had not been confirmed by Major League Baseball.

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