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Marlins, Phillies, Yankees Schedules Adjusted After Miami's COVID-19 Outbreak

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 28, 2020

General View of Citizens Bank Park during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 11-6. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Major League Baseball has altered its schedule for the Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins and New York Yankees after the coronavirus outbreak that has hit the Marlins roster and coaching staff.

As a result of the changes, the Miami Marlins will now be off through Sunday. They were originally scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles from Tuesday through Thursday and the Washington Nationals from Friday through Sunday.       

The Phillies, meanwhile, will be off until Friday after initially being scheduled to host the Yankees on Tuesday and travel to New York for a two-game set with the Bronx Bombers on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Instead, the Yankees will square off against the Orioles on Wednesday and Thursday to create flexibility in the schedule later in the season. 

Mark Feinsand @Feinsand

MLB makes it official: Marlins postponed through Sunday, Yankees to play at Orioles Wednesday and Thursday, Phillies off until Friday. Full release: https://t.co/eHVd0FznSE

Per Andy Slater of Fox Sport 640, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said on Tuesday the Marlins should follow the recommended 14-day quarantine period when they return to Miami after knowingly being exposed to COVID-19. 

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Marlins CEO Derek Jeter also announced the team will move to daily testing moving forward: 

Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

Per Jeter, Marlins moving to “daily testing schedule.” https://t.co/rpoTVwdwNZ

The schedule adjustments come after The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported the Marlins had four new positive coronavirus cases in their latest round of testing. That brings the total up to 17 total positives among the team over the past five days, per ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The Marlins last played the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday after MLB reporter Robert Murray reported Miami had "multiple" players test positive for COVID-19. Jose Urena, the team's scheduled starting pitcher, was scratched because of a positive test.

Thus far, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Philadelphia's visiting clubhouse attendant is the only member of the organization that has returned a positive coronavirus test.

The Marlins' next scheduled game is at home against the Phillies on Aug. 4.

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