Phillies’ Series vs. Blue Jays Canceled Due To COVID-19
- MLB cancels Phillies’ weekend series vs. Blue Jays after coach, clubhouse attendant test positive for coronavirus
- Phillies have not played a game since losing to the Marlins on Sunday
- Phillies, Marlins not scheduled to play another game until they meet one another in Miami on August 4
Today marks exactly a week since the 2020 Major League Baseball season began. While the majority of teams have been able to continue playing without a hitch, there are a handful of teams whose campaign has already been thrown into complete disarray.
One more member of the Miami Marlins reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, which brings the team’s total number of positive cases to 19. 17 players and two coaches have come down with coronavirus in the past week, which led to MLB’s decision to postpone all of the Marlins’ games until next Monday.
Phillies’ Waiting Game Continues
However, the Marlins aren’t the only team that has had a rough go of things. The Philadelphia Phillies, who played a three-game series against the virus-riddled Marlins last weekend, have also been inactive since Sunday as a precaution. No Phillies players have tested positive in the subsequent rounds of testing, but on Thursday it was revealed that one coach and a clubhouse attendant did test positive for the virus. The clubhouse attendant had been working in the visiting clubhouse that the Marlins were using last weekend.
Those positive tests led the Phillies to cancel all team activities scheduled for Thursday, while the league has gone ahead and postponed the team’s three-game weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays, too. While no Phillies players have been confirmed to have come down with coronavirus yet, the steps are being taken out of an abundance of caution.
The Phillies had been scheduled to play a doubleheader and a third game against the Blue Jays at Citizen’s Bank Park on Saturday and Sunday. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was the first to reveal the news.
Blue Jays’ Weird Ride Continues
Of course, the Blue Jays have had a strange season of their own. The Canadian federal government denied the team’s request to play games in Toronto this season, which left the team scrambling to find a suitable home stadium. The team eventually settled on its minor league affiliate in Buffalo after plans to play in Pittsburgh were declined by Pennsylvania’s government as a safety precaution.
The stadium in Buffalo is undergoing a few renovations to make sure it’s ready to host big league games, which has forced the Blue Jays to play nothing but road games for now. On Wednesday, the team’s game against the Nationals was played in Washington DC, but the Blue Jays were officially the “home” team. Toronto will be the honorary home team for another game in Washington on Thursday.
The Phillies have been out of action since Sunday after MLB postponed the team’s previously-scheduled four-game series with the New York Yankees this week. The Yankees were supposed to play two games in Philly on Monday and Tuesday before the series shifted to the Bronx on Thursday and Friday.
Instead, the Yankees went to Baltimore to play a two-game series on Wednesday and Thursday against the Orioles. The O’s were originally scheduled to be in Miami this week.
Phillies Not Scheduled To Play Until August 4
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the way things have developed:
All jokes aside… this really sucks.
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) July 30, 2020
There is no word yet on whether all of these postponed games will be canceled entirely or made up at a later date. The season is scheduled to end on September 27, which every team having originally been slated to play a 60-game regular season over the course of 66 days.
The Phillies, who went 1-2 against the Marlins last weekend, are scheduled to head to Miami for a series starting next Tuesday. Whether those games happen obviously remains to be seen.