The New York Mets became the fifth team in Major League Baseball this season to have at least one member of their organization test positive for the coronavirus Thursday, when the league announced that the club had two tests come back positive ahead of their game with the Miami Marlins.
“Following two positive tests for COVID-19 in the New York Mets’ organization, tonight’s game between the Mets and the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park, as well as tomorrow’s scheduled contest between the Mets and the New York Yankees at Citi Field, have been postponed out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted,” MLB said in a statement.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, one player and one staff member were the recipients of the positive tests. The Mets follow the Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds as the five teams that have seen cases within their organization since the start of the season. The Pittsburgh Pirates also announced Thursday that team president Travis Williams contracted the virus, but he hasn’t been in physical contact with the players or ballpark staff.
It has been exactly four weeks since the Nationals kicked off the regular season against the Yankees on Opening Night. MLB hasn’t seen all 30 teams play on the same day since the opening weekend, when the Marlins experienced a significant outbreak in their clubhouse and set off a series of postponements. The Reds were the latest team to have a positive test; they returned Wednesday after missing four days.
If the Mets’ cases are contained and they follow the same timeline as Cincinnati, they will return to action Tuesday against the Marlins. Miami is set to face Washington on Friday and MLB has yet to give any indication that the start of their five-game series, which includes a seven-inning doubleheader necessitated by the Marlins’ earlier postponements, is in any jeopardy.