MLB is trying to keep the 2020 season alive amid the growing outbreak of COVID-19 within the league.
Earlier on Saturday, commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that the season will go on as planned despite threatening to put a halt to it the day before. We’re now seeing the league postpone multiple series and alter the schedule.
The series between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies slated for next week has officially been postponed.
The league says the Phillies/Marlins series originally scheduled for this Tuesday-Thursday will be rescheduled for a later date.— Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) August 1, 2020
As you can see, Philadelphia will now play a four-game home-and-home set against the New York Yankees Monday-Thursday.
It was noted earlier that Saturday’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed due to an outbreak of the virus within the Cardinals’ organization. For now, the plan is still to play a doubleheader on Sunday. Although, that’s clearly up in the air.
In what is some pretty good news, MLB announced on Saturday that multiple members of the Phillies had false-positive test results. It appears that their interaction with the Marlins last week did not affect the team.
The full MLB statement, including a mention of potential false positives among Phillies staff members. To be clear: rapid tests and saliva PCR tests are not the same thing. pic.twitter.com/YLSTWePzDj— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) August 1, 2020
As for the Marlins, the plan is for them to play a “home” series against the Baltimore Orioles starting Tuesday.
Here is MLB’s official update on the #Phillies, #Yankees and #Marlins.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) August 1, 2020
It includes the revelation that two of the Phillies’ results appear to be false positives.
The Phillies will now resume play Monday against the Yankees, with the Marlins returning Tuesday in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/6zuijYDtbF
This means that the Marlins will have gone more than a week without playing a game. During a truncated 60-game regular season, that’s a less than ideal scenario.
Another note from Saturday’s news dump includes an announcement that the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees will play a doubleheader next Saturday.