The Marlins had been scheduled to play at Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday. Seven more positive tests were reported Monday following the game. Four more Marlins tested positive Tuesday, and the team saw another positive test Wednesday.
Philadelphia played the Miami Marlins over the weekend as part of their opening series to start the season. The Jays and Nationals could play each other, but they are scheduled to complete their season series on Thursday.
The league announced Tuesday afternoon that all of Miami's games through Sunday have been postponed, and, out of abundance of caution, the Phillies (who faced the Marlins over the weekend) will be shut down until Friday. All players tested negative.
Rosenthal said the team anticipated this player would test positive based on contact tracing.
Alfaro, Cooper, Ramirez and Rojas are starters and four of the Marlins' most productive hitters. Heyman says that the Marlins are expected to be off until next Monday, meaning they will miss seven scheduled games. The incubation period for the virus is three to 14 days. "It could have a real impact on the competition and we'd have to think very, very hard about what we're doing".
"We've got to deal with it, it is what it is", Montoyo said. "It kind of takes away (competitive integrity)". That obviously can not happen, given the current health of the Marlins team. That included both players and coaches. And if everyone doesn't play 60 games, I think that's alright. This was not a plan anyone who knows what they are talking about would have conceived.
The Marlins have few veterans at their alternate training site they can call upon in their stead.
Marlins players, who are quarantining in their hotel rooms, face challenges with staying in shape.
In a statement, Major League Baseball said it wanted to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week. Three games have now been postponed due to the outbreak in the Marlins' locker room. Outfielder Lewis Brinson is expected to be activated from the injured list prior to Miami's next game.
With Thursday's positive test, the Marlins have had a at least one new player or coach test positive for coronavirus five days in a row. It's not a situation that can be dismissed as "just the Marlins". "But I don't see it as a nightmare. I've heard a dozen of them have gotten infected".
"This could put it in danger", Fauci said. The Marlins played the Phillies after some players tested positive for the coronavirus, so Major League Baseball is being cautious before allowing their games to resume.
If they're not, and the Marlins have to dig deep into their player pool, the overwhelming opinion is Manfred's words about maintaining competitive integrity will ring hollow. It would be another if they miss a week's worth of games.