Reports: Marlins’ Season On Pause, Phillies Could Sit For A Few Days

Talk about a developing situation.

The latest report from Sportsgrid’s Craig Mish, who, I believe, was the first to break the news of the Marlins’ positive COVID-19 tests on Sunday morning now says the team’s season is on pause.

How long will the pause last? That has yet to be fully determined. However, Bob Nightengale speculates (guestimates?) a week:

Meanwhile, Lindsey Adler of The Athletic reports the Yankees, who remain in Philadelphia, may not be heading back to New York where they are are scheduled to play the Phillies tomorrow night.

Quite literally, the Yankees’ busses are parked, ready to go, and waiting for a destination.

Certainly, this would seem to indicate there exists at least some thought to shutting down the Phillies for a few more days. The Phillies are schedule to play the Blue Jays, as the visiting team, at Citizens Bank Park on Friday night. Remember, the Blue Jays are temporarily without a home as their new stadium in Buffalo is brought up the MLB standards.

Update: The Inquirer’s Bob Brookover says it’s a done deal.

For now, It looks like the Marlins’ shutdown will be the longer of the two temporary pauses, presuming the Phils again produce another round of negative results today. Though, at this point, it’s probably best not to get too far ahead of ourselves.

While sitting out multiple days would make it difficult for either team to complete the full schedule, there’s a growing sense that getting in all 60 games may not be necessary (or even possible). Phils manager Joe Girardi, for one, doesn’t think it is.

I can unequivocally tell you that more news is coming, so stay tuned.

 

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