Major League Baseball postponed Monday’s Yankees-Phillies game, according to Joel Sherman. The game was theoretically the start of a four-game set that is not officially scheduled yet but is postponed anyway. Such is 2020, and such is the fallout from the Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak.
The Phillies have not played since last weekend when they played Miami on Sunday. There is some good news: no Phillies players have tested positive despite a massive outbreak in Miami’s clubhouse. This suggests that team-to-team spread is, perhaps, not a huge concern. At least for now.
Two staffers – a clubhouse attendant and a coach – did test positive, of course. But now ESPN’s Jeff Passan is reporting that someone, either in Philadelphia or MLB, believes those tests were false positives. That would be good. In either case, the Phillies are working out again. This is all good news.
Still, the Yankees and Phillies will not play on Monday. Theoretically, the two clubs can play a doubleheader on Tuesday before playing out the rest of the series on Wednesday and Thursday. I’m not holding my breath. This has been a big mess and there’s no use predicting anything anymore. A part of me wonders if the Phillies need an extra day to get back up to game speed and shape after a week of isolation, but I really have no idea. We just gotta take it hour-by-hour at this point.
This comes on top of the fact that the outbreak is spreading to the NL Central, too. The Cardinals have a number of positive tests. Manfred is threatening to cancel the season on Monday. And Lorenzo Cain just opted out. He is now the first player to do so after the outbreaks began. By the time I even publish this post, things could, and probably will, change even further.
The next few days will be critical, obviously. More to come as things develop.
Update (1:46 pm): Haha, just kidding. Joel Sherman is NOW reporting that the game is back on for Monday. Yes, I am serious:
I will keep you posted as this changes 16 more times in the next 30 minutes.