Marlins-Orioles game canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak resulting in at least 14 cases, per reports
Major League Baseball’s season is less than a week old, but one team has already experienced a COVID-19 outbreak that will sideline a chunk of its roster and has caused a game to be canceled.
The Miami Marlins, who had four players test positive during their opening series against the Philadelphia Phillies, had an additional eight players and two coaches test positive on Monday, less than 12 hours before they were supposed to play their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
In response, the Marlins game against the Orioles on Monday night will be canceled, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.
Those positive tests mean the Marlins have now had at least 14 cases pop up since the season started. Miami had previously lost catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielders Garrett Cooper and Harold Ramirez, and pitcher Jose Urena, who was scratched prior to his Sunday start. Players who test positive must either test negative two times, at least 24 hours apart, or, in certain situations, if a panel of experts clears them to resume play. Rosenthal provided more details on that aspect last week:
A league spokesperson said in addition to the tests, the committee also considers the time elapsed since the initial positive result; a lack of, or recovery from, symptoms; the results of an antibody test; clearance by a team physician, which might include a cardiac exam; and the “cycle threshold” of a PRC test, which indicates how contagious a player might be. A player can return only when the committee determines he is no longer a risk to others, while mindful that he should not be kept out long after he is fully recovered.
MLB launched its season on July 23, nearly four months after what was supposed to be Opening Day on March 26.