Four Marlins players reportedly tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the team's series rubber match against the Phillies Sunday. Those players, including scheduled starting pitcher Jose Urena, were scratched from the lineup as the game went on as planned.
The team then stayed in Philadelphia instead of traveling to Miami for their home opener against the Orioles amid concerns of a potential outbreak within the team.
Those concerns were realized Monday when several more players and coaches reportedly tested positive for the virus. According to Ken Rosenthal, seven more Marlins players and two coaches tested positive. Monday's game against Baltimore was subsequently canceled as Miami remains in Philadelphia.
Correcting, as others have: Seven new cases among players, not eight. https://t.co/5NR8vbwH1y— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2020
This brings the total count to 13 positive cases within the Marlins clubhouse.
The Marlins weren't the first team to deal with a positive COVID-19 test during the early stages of the 2020 season. The Nationals lost Juan Soto shortly before their season opener against the Yankees to a positive test, though no further players have tested positive to the public's knowledge.
Whether the Phillies were exposed to the virus through the Marlins remains to be seen as of now, though the league set protocols in place to limit as much contact as possible between players on opposing teams. However, the fact that a game was played Sunday after four players reportedly tested positive is certainly questionable.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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