Just when it looked like MLB had all its COVID ducks in a row. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports that Thursday’s Mets/Marlins series finale in Miami will no longer take place.
The game was postponed after two Mets—one coach and one player—tested positive for COVID-19. With the team likely stranded in Miami, the Mets' upcoming three-game set against the Yankees is also in jeopardy with Friday's series opener already postponed, per beat writer Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The Mets, winners of three straight, become the 15th team to have a game postponed over COVID concerns. Seth Lugo (in what would have been his first start since 2018) and Marlins rookie Daniel Castano had been the scheduled starters for Thursday’s 6:10 first pitch. Per Heyman, the Mets will return to the Big Apple later tonight. The player and coach who tested positive, along with any teammates who were in close contact, will not accompany the team back to New York.
It’s unclear when the Mets will receive the green light to resume playing. So far, COVID hiatuses in MLB have ranged from as little as four days (the Reds) to as many as 17, which is how long the Cardinals were shelved before making their return last weekend against the White Sox. The Mets released a statement regarding Thursday’s postponement, acknowledging their COVID outbreak without revealing the identities of anyone who tested positive for the virus. No makeup date has been announced for Thursday’s postponement. The Mets aren’t scheduled to return to Miami this season, though New York is slated to host the Marlins for a three-game set in Queens next week.