Report: Marlins to Bus Players, Coaches with COVID-19 to Miami from Philadelphia

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 31, 2020

Shirts with a logo of the new Marlins Park stadium are on sale before an Opening Day baseball game between the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Members of the Miami Marlins who have tested positive for the coronavirus this week are reportedly going to travel back to Miami by bus.  

Per ESPN's Jesse Rogers, the Marlins are going to use "multiple sleeper buses" to send players and coaches from Philadelphia to Miami. 

Per Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extra Base, 18 Marlins players have tested positive for the coronavirus this week. 

That brings the total number of positive tests for the Marlins up to 20, including two coaches. 

According to Jordan McPherson and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the bus trip is pending final approval from MLB's health officials and the remaining healthy players on the roster, 15 total, "are tentatively set to stay on the road to play the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, the New York Mets at Citi Field and then the Toronto Blue Jays in Buffalo."

McPherson and Jackson added that the Marlins are likely to bring in a "new batch of players" to fill out their roster for those games, assuming they are able to be played. 

The Phillies announced on Thursday they have closed their facilities and postponed a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Marlins took two of three games against the Philadelphia Phillies in their season-opening series last weekend, but have remained in Philadelphia ever since in an attempt to contain the spread and undergo daily testing. 

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