The Orioles’ first weekend of the 2020 season, from a COVID-19 perspective, has gone as well as possible so far.
Since Anthony Santander and Dwight Smith Jr. tested positive at the outset of Summer Camp, no players have publicly tested positive yet.
“I think our guys are taking it seriously and I think that we’re having a lot of conversations about it, we’re continuing to remind each other that, hey that’s still happening,” manager Brandon Hyde said Sunday. “I think our guys are being really careful and they understand the importance of being as safe and as healthy as we possibly can in following the protocols that are so important to our organization. Our guys have been following that and I expect that to continue.”
But ahead of a trip to Florida, where numbers have skyrocketed in recent weeks, the Orioles are set to have another conversation about the trip to face the Marlins.
Sunday, Florida reported 12,199 coronavirus cases, the sixth-worst day of the pandemic. Reportedly, a few Marlins players have tested positive as well and will be unavailable to face the Orioles.
With caution and restrictions on names and testing, the best I can do is tell you the Marlins will likely be without at least three of their position players and one of their pitchers in the coming days. At the same time. Not sure how any team is supposed to overcome this.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 26, 2020
“Multiple” Marlins players. Is the text I just got from a source. I don’t know if this is positive testing, or symptoms ? MLB can step in if this is considered an outbreak. Is it ?— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 26, 2020
Now, the Orioles are set to play the Marlins in Miami on Monday and Tuesday, before the Marlins come to Camden Yards on Wednesday and Thursday for four consecutive games.
Florida, which has the worst coronavirus numbers in the country right now, is the home of teams the Orioles will face the next seven games. The Orioles will play the Rays three times in Baltimore after their home-and-home with the Marlins is finished.
“We’re going to have another discussion about going into Miami here, just because of what’s going on down there,” Hyde continued. “We have players from there, we have a lot of guys from Florida, so we’ll talk about it again. I expect our guys to do the right thing and follow protocol.”
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