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Joe Girardi: Phillies don’t blame Marlins but ‘frustrated that we're not playing right now’

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The Philadelphia Phillies’ wait is just about over.

Eight days after playing the Miami Marlins in the finale of their opening series, the Phillies will finally resume their schedule Monday when they take on the New York Yankees. The Phillies have not played a game since the Marlins announced they had a coronavirus outbreak in their clubhouse. Over the past week, Miami has had 18 players and two staff members test positive for the virus while the Phillies have had three staffers but no players.

It would be understandable for the Phillies to be angry with the Marlins, who were reportedly found by MLB to have broken health protocols during a trip to Atlanta for a pair of exhibition games. Philadelphia has had to endure an unexpected layoff that could hinder pitchers from staying fresh and cause hitters to lose their timing after such a long break from facing live opponents.

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However, Phillies manager Joe Girardi has managed to stay upbeat throughout the entire process, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury reported Sunday. The veteran skipper told Salisbury that he hasn’t heard any of the players voice complaints about the Marlins amid the extended break that has since multiple practices canceled because of positive tests.

 

“I haven't really heard any complaints from our guys, but understand that we don't sit around and talk like we used to. That's just not what we do,” Girardi said. “So when we do get a chance, we're pretty much talking about baseball only. I have not heard it, so I can't really tell you exactly how the players feel. I do know that they want to play and they're frustrated that we're not playing right now.

“They're not blaming anyone, but they want to play. That's what we do. I think our players are handling this great.”

The Phillies’ reward for a trying week will be an immediate test in the Yankees, including Gerrit Cole starting against them Monday night. The two teams will play twice in New York before heading down to Philadelphia for another two games to close out the series. Philadelphia will then resume its normal schedule, beginning with a four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.

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