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Phillies cancel all activity at Citizens Bank Park after 2 staff members test positive for COVID-19

Phillies cancel all activity at Citizens Bank Park after 2 staff members test positive for COVID-19

Two members of the Phillies' staff have tested positive for COVID-19, the team said Thursday afternoon. One is a coach, the other is a member of the home clubhouse staff. It's a concerning development even as the Phillies have staggered workouts this week, and they took quick action by canceling all activity at Citizens Bank Park until further notice.

The results of Wednesday's tests again showed no positives for Phillies players.

At the moment, it's unclear if this will put the resumption of the Phillies' season Saturday in risk but it is possible given MLB's reaction to the Marlins outbreak. The Phils are off until then after hosting a Marlins team on opening weekend that had half its roster test positive for coronavirus. Out of an abundance of caution, MLB postponed the Phillies' four-game home-and-home series against the Yankees that would have been July 27-30. It appears that series will be replayed next week, but who knows at this point.

The Phillies are scheduled to face the Blue Jays in a doubleheader beginning Saturday at 3:07 p.m. But this news, or more positive cases that arise, could change that. The Phillies are taking daily tests. 

"We assume we'll be taking them for a while," GM Matt Klentak said Wednesday.

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Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Phillies schedule: Phils-Braves postponed because of inclement weather, doubleheader Sunday

Friday night's series opener between the Phillies and Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park has been rained out.

It was a "quick bang" as they say in the baseball business, no waiting around for the bad weather to clear out. That's part of the health and safety protocol for the COVID-impacted 2020 season. Major League Baseball does not want players and staff sitting around for long periods of time in enclosed areas like a clubhouse.

The postponement will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Game 2 begins 40 minutes after Game 1 ends. The Phillies have 53 games remaining on their schedule and six of them will be played as part of doubleheaders. They already played a doubleheader Wednesday night, splitting with the New York Yankees.

Jake Arrieta will start for the Phillies Saturday against the Braves. Vince Velasquez will start one of the games of the doubleheader Sunday. The starter for the other game is still TBA. The Phils could promote prospect Spencer Howard to make the start. More on that as it becomes available.

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

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Phillies Talk podcast: Massive early-season Phillies-Braves series on tap

The Phillies will play 40% of their games against the Braves over the next four days, making this a massive early-season NL East series.

Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman discuss that and more on the latest Phillies Talk podcast.

• How do Phils and Braves match up in 2020?

• How often can the Phillies' bullpen do what it did in series finale vs. Yankees?

• They're lucky to have Hector Neris.

• Starting pitching has been good so far — particularly Zack Wheeler.

• Phillies quietly Top 6 in on-base percentage and slugging.

• Phillies bound for regression one way or the other.

• Yankees complaints.

• J.T. owes the fans a pizza.

• Will we hear the air horn every game now?

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