Major League Baseball on Saturday issued updates on recent COVID-19 outbreaks affecting the Miami Marlins, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies franchises, as well as their scheduled opponents.
Despite the spate of recent positive tests, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the league believes the virus is manageable and is intent on continuing the shortened season.
"We are playing," Manfred told Karl Ravech of ESPN. "The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general, and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”
The league in a statement confirmed morning reports of further positive tests for the Cardinals, including one player and multiple other team personnel. The new cases prompted the immediate postponement of Saturday's Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee. Sunday's doubleheader was later called off as well, wiping out the entire series.
However, at least two of three positive cases reported by the Phillies since they played the hard-hit Miami Marlins were in fact false positives, the statement said.
The Phillies, after seeing both of their series postponed this week out of an abundance of caution, will return to the field Monday against the Yankees in New York, for the first in a four-game home-and-home series that runs through Thursday.
To accommodate Thursday's Yankees-Phillies game in Philadelphia, a previously scheduled Rays-Yankees game in New York has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, August 8. The Yankees and Rays will play on Friday and Saturday as scheduled.
The Marlins, who had a reported 18 positive cases, will also return to action on Tuesday, against the Orioles in Baltimore. The teams will play four games between Tuesday and Thursday, including a doubleheader, and the Marlins will be the home team for two games.
A previously scheduled three-game midweek Phillies-Marlins series was postponed to a later date so the teams could play the Yankees and Orioles, respectively.
The league said it would continue to pursue a "conservative" approach.
Brewers star Lorenzo Cain announced he was opting out of the season soon after the new Cardinals cases were reported.