The situation around MLB remains fluid today with new information coming out every hour. Phillies Manager Joe Girardi joined MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM this morning and shared some candid thoughts on the developing situation.
The Phillies game scheduled for Tuesday night against the Yankees at Citizens Bank Park has been postponed and the team is going through further testing.
Earlier reports indicated that no Phillies players had tested positive.
"My fear always is, if there's one person who has it, there's probably more," Giradi said. "I don't know if any of us thought there'd be, I think they're up to 17 cases now, 15 players, devastating for the Marlins. There were some anxious moments for me today not knowing the results I'd get for my team. I think it's really smart for baseball to wait one more day just because the incubation period is 2 to 14 days -- I know we can't wait 14 days -- but I think we have to be really smart about this. After thinking about it, I think this could happen more than one time with an organization. If everyone doesn't play 60 games, that's alright. We want to get to the playoffs. If a team plays 57 games, you go by winning percentage to take the playoff teams."
"If this situation [Sunday against the #Marlins] were to happen again, would you feel comfortable taking the field, as a team?"— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 28, 2020
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Asked if he would feel comfortable taking the field if this Marlins situation were to happen again, Girardi didn't hold back.
"I don't think so. The fact that we haven't had anyone test positive yet is great, but there's too much at stake when you talk about players and their health and their family's health. There are guys that have little children at home or wives that are pregnant or have a parent that are high risk. There's too much at risk here not to say, 'hey, we've got to back off for two days and let's make sure.' I think it's smart what baseball is doing here and then we'll go from there."
Girardi says some players had some trepidation playing on Sunday.
Bryce Harper's wife is currently pregnant. Zach Wheeler recently had a baby boy. Didi Gregorius is at higher risk due to kidney issues; that's why he's always wearing a mask on the field. This is serious stuff.
The Phillies are scheduled to play on Wednesday against the Yankees in New York.
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