Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said his team’s team in Philadelphia on Thursday was fired over coronavirus concerns after two Phillies workers tested positive.
“Now we plan to stay put and let MLB work through whatever they do,” Montoyo said before his club played the last of four games in Washington. “We’re not going to Philadelphia.” These games have been postponed. “
It’s the latest in a series of planning changes as Major League Baseball attempts to play a 60-game season amid a pandemic that is booming in parts of the United States.
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Earlier on Thursday, word emerged that another Miami Marlins player ̵1; who had recently played in Philadelphia – tested positive for COVID-19, bringing his overall focus to 17 players, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Phillies said they did not produce any positive results among the players from the middle testing of their team. However, two were positive: one from a coaching staff member and one from a home club member.
All activities at Citizens Bank Park were canceled on Thursday until further notice.
The Blue Jays are stuck on the road because the Canadian government would not allow them to use their stadium in Toronto this season due to concerns about teams traveling here and there to the United States. Eventually, the Blue Jays are supposed to play home games in the minor league Balkans in Buffalo, but they are not ready. The Montoyo team played their “home opener” in Washington on Wednesday.
The Blue Jays were then to begin a series of three games on Friday with the Phillies. First, MLB moved Friday’s game to Saturday’s double-headed final Sunday – and now all three games have been eliminated, leaving Toronto in limbo.
“We’ll talk to the nations, see if we can work it out here,” Montoyo said. “If they say yes, we will stay and work until MLB tells us where to go next.”
The relief of Blue Jays Jordan Romano claims that a long break should not be a big problem.
“I consider it a minor challenge,” he said. “I think we can still train, pitchers thrown bullpens.” I think we would still be ready to roll over after this four-day break, if they did. “
The Miami team remained in quarantine in Philadelphia, where Marlins’ focus was discovered during the weekend series against the Phillies.
Two Marlins employees were also positive.
The person who discussed Marlins issues in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday acted on condition of anonymity because the test results were not announced.
The season in Miami was interrupted at least on Sunday and the plan seems to change next week.
Milwaukee Brewers CEO David Stearns says it’s important for the league to understand what’s going on in Miami.
“The amount of positives we have now seen in one team is alarming,” he said. “And I think everyone feels that way. We have a very robust set of protocols for the express reason that this cannot be prevented. “
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After Thursday’s game, citizens will be stranded in Washington because their three game series in Miami scheduled for Friday through Sunday were postponed due to the Marlins outbreak.
National manager Dave Martinez joked that the upcoming four-day layoff of his team – Monday was already scheduled for a day off, so the world champions in the row do not play until Tuesday against the visiting New York Mets – is like a “mini All-Star.” “