The Marlins were scheduled to play a three-game series against the Nationals this weekend. . Under the revised schedule, the Nationals will not play this weekend while the Marlins are on hiatus. Here, for the sake of laying it all out, is the revised schedule:
In an effort to minimize disruption to the season while containing the outbreak, MLB has revised the schedule to isolate the Marlins and Phillies for a period of time, the league announced Tuesday afternoon. Both clubs are currently undergoing additional testing following their series at Citizens Bank Park this past weekend. The 2020 season is not even a week old and already MLB has a COVID-19 crisis on its hands. . The outbreak forced Monday’s and Tuesday’s games in Miami and Philadelphia, where the Marlins played this past weekend, to be postponed.
The Phillies will be shut down until Saturday, as they have already postponed Friday’s restart against Toronto. Philadelphia will instead play a doubleheader on Saturday and one game on Sunday as the designated road team at Citizens Bank Park, according to Ken Rosenthal. The Blue Jays’ 2020 home venue in Buffalo won’t be ready for major-league games until Aug. 11.
|at MIA||Mon., Aug. 3||
||Miami’s season has been halted until Monday, Aug. 3, giving the club time to regroup and adjust their roster as necessary. “MLB believes that it is most prudent to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and planning their baseball operations for a resumption early next week,” said the statement. The Marlins are next scheduled to play Tuesday, Aug. 4 at home against the Phillies, though it’s possible a game could be added the day before on Monday, according to Jon Heyman.|
||Tues., July 28||Tues., July 28||
||at TOR||vs. NYY|
||Fri., July 31||Thurs., July 30|
|That would not be ideal but there is precedent. Teams finished with an unequal number of games around the 1981 strike — some teams played as many as 111 games that season while others played as few as 103 — and the standings were based on winning percentage. In these adverse times, a similar strategy would be warranted this year.||
||OFF||MLB will try to make up all postponed games later in the season via doubleheaders and eliminating off-days. If it’s not possible, MLB is prepared to allow teams to finish the season with an unequal number of games played, and determine the postseason field with winning percentage, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.||MLB will try to make up all postponed games later in the season via doubleheaders and eliminating off-days. If it’s not possible, MLB is prepared to allow teams to finish the season with an unequal number of games played, and determine the postseason field with winning percentage, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.||
As for player compensation, the March agreement on prorated salaries only applies to how many games each team is able to play. However, players on the Phillies, Orioles and Nationals will get the full 60 games, even if they are unable to play 60 as a team due to the circumstances here, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. There is no word on the Marlins’ players, though.
- All Marlins games have been postponed through Sunday (including scheduled series against Baltimore and Nationals)
- Phillies-Yankees home-and-home series has been postponed
- The Yankees will play the Orioles in Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday.
COVID-19 carries up to a 14-day incubation period with a median of five days, meaning if any Phillies players and personnel were exposed during the Marlins series over the weekend, it may not show up on Monday’s and Tuesday’s tests. The safest approach would be waiting another few days and retesting before allowing the club to resume play.
vs. MIA vs. NYY
Weds., July 29
vs. WAS PPD
We have moved to a daily testing schedule while we isolate and quarantine appropriately, along with enacting additional preventive procedures with our traveling party. We look forward to safely returning to Miami where we conducted a successful and healthy Spring 2.0 before departing on the road and experiencing challenges. For the time being, we will remain in Philadelphia and gather information in order to make informed decisions and prepare for our return to action next week.