Nationals' weekend series vs. Marlins postponed in response to COVID-19 outbreak

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By 106.7 The Fan

The Nationals' upcoming weekend series in Miami has been postponed in response to a COVID-19 outbreak that's resulted in 15 Marlins players being infected.

After sharp disapproval from the Nationals, who were scheduled to play a three-game series in Miami beginning Friday, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that all games on the Marlins' schedule have been postponed through Sunday.

On Monday, Nationals manager Dave Martinez – who was diagnosed with a heart condition last September, and thus would be more susceptible to the virus with an underlying condition – expressed his concern with his club traveling to Miami, already a COVID-19 hotspot, over the weekend. Nationals players on Tuesday voted against traveling to Miami for the series.

MLB has rightly intervened, believing "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." In addition to the Nats and Marlins, the league has moved around games involving the Orioles, Phillies and Yankees as a result.

"The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind," MLB said in its announcement. "The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts. The Marlins' personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care."

The Yankees – who were initially scheduled to play the Phillies in Philadelphia, where the infected Marlins players tested positive – will instead play the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday "in order to create more scheduling flexibility later in the season." MLB says additional rescheduling during the week of Aug. 3 will be announced later this week.

The Nationals, as a result of this schedule reshuffling, will have the weekend off.