Another Phillies series has been postponed. They were scheduled to resume their season with three games against the Blue Jays this weekend — a doubleheader Saturday and an afternoon game Sunday — but that series will not occur. It has been postponed by MLB "out of an abundance of caution."
It was Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo who broke the news early Thursday afternoon, telling reporters, "We're not going to Philadelphia. Those games have been postponed." That comment came shortly after a Phillies coach and home clubhouse attendant tested positive for COVID-19.
The Phillies have been off all week. They had their four-game home-and-home series with the Yankees postponed. It was supposed to be this Monday through Thursday. Yesterday, their Friday game against the Blue Jays was moved back to become a doubleheader Saturday.
Amid the postponements, the Phillies had been having scattered workouts at Citizens Bank Park this week after hosting a Marlins team on opening weekend that experienced an outbreak of more than a dozen players.
The Phillies canceled all activity at Citizens Bank Park Thursday until further notice. For now, the Phillies' season is set to resume on Monday against the Yankees.
"Major League Baseball will coordinate with health experts and the Major League Baseball Players Association in planning for the Phillies' resumption in play, and will provide further scheduling updates as necessary," the Phillies said in a statement.
The missed games are mounting and there probably won't be enough time for a team in the Phillies' position to make all of them up in a season with only six off-days. They could end up playing a bunch of doubleheaders, or they could end up having their end-of-season record interpreted based on winning percentage.
All of that, though, is secondary right now to health and safety.