The MLB season started just four days ago and it is already being disrupted by COVID-19.
Monday’s game between the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles has been called off after an outbreak occurred within the Marlins’ team, according to multiple reports.
Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, eight more players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, in addition to the four players who were already COVID-19 positive over the weekend.
The Marlins had originally delayed their flight back to Miami from Sunday night to Monday morning, but reportedly continue to remain in Philadelphia – where they opened the season against the Phillies.
Those who are COVID-19 positive must remained quarantined in the city.
The Marlins learned of three positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday morning and had the option of not playing in Sunday's game. The players reportedly discussed amongst each other in a group text and decided to go ahead and play.
Monday's game between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies was also postponed.
The Yankees were set to arrive in Philadelphia on Monday and use the same clubhouse and dugout that the Marlins were in.
Per Phillies reporter Matt Gelb, the organization is quarantining their entire visiting clubhouse staff, some of which were tested on Sunday and awaiting results.
The Yankees are reportedly bringing their own clubhouse staff to Philadelphia.
Players on the Philadelphia Phillies could have also been exposed to infected Marlins players, as well. The Phillies were aware of a potential outbreak within the Marlins, and star Bryce Harper was seen playing with a mask on for the first time as a precaution.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, all other scheduled games for Monday will continue to be played.