Another Miami Marlins player has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Marlins now have had 18 people, including sixteen players and two staffers, test positive for COVID-19. They have stayed in Philadelphia and are undergoing daily testing. Due to the team’s recent outbreak, MLB has postponed all Marlins games through Sunday.
“It is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their Baseball Operations for a resumption early next week,” MLB said in a statement.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released a statement on Tuesday:
“We continue to take this entire situation very seriously. All of our players, coaches and staff are, understandably, having a difficult time enduring this experience. After receiving additional test results on our Major League team this morning, we reached out to the Commissioner’s Office with concern for the health and safety of our team as well as our opponents.”
Jeter continued, “We have moved to a daily testing schedule while we isolate and quarantine appropriately, along with enacting additional preventive procedures with our traveling party. We look forward to safely returning to Miami where we conducted a successful and healthy Spring 2.0 before departing on the road and experiencing challenges. For the time being, we will remain in Philadelphia and gather information in order to make informed decisions and prepare for our return to action next week.”
MLB is investigating the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak to try to determine the cause, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The league hasn’t determined yet if the Marlins will be paid for the postponed games.
The Marlins are the only team that has had players test positive since last Thursday.