The Miami Marlins’ home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night has been postponed, as coronavirus cases continue to pop up among the team.
Eight more players and two coaches with the Marlins have tested positive for the coronavirus, as an outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse and brought the total cases in recent days to at least 14, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
The Marlins remain in Philadelphia and continue to undergo testing after their weekend series there. Baltimore general manager Mike Elias confirmed that the game in Miami was postponed.
On Sunday, four Marlins players tested positive for the coronavirus, including that day’s starter, Jose Urena, according to sources familiar with the situation, leading the team to delay its postgame trip home amid concerns about a possible outbreak.
The Marlins were already going to be without the services of Urena, catcher Jorge Alfaro, who was placed on the injured list before their season opener on Friday, infielder Garrett Cooper and outfielder Harold Ramirez.
Before the Marlins’ opening series in Philadelphia, the team played a an exhibition game in Atlanta on Wednesday. It’s also possible that the infections occurred there.
The Yankees begin a series in Philadelphia Monday night and would use the same clubhouse that the Marlins used. Sources told ESPN’s Marly Rivera that the Yankees have been informed that the visitors’ clubhouse has been completely fumigated several times. The Yankees also brought their own clubhouse personnel down from New York City to work the game, if it happens. No decisions have been made yet, sources said.