Before starting their series rubber match with the Phillies and traveling back home to host the Orioles, multiple Marlins players reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.
According to Sports Grid’s Craig Mish, at least four players tested positive for COVID-19. One of those players is starting pitcher Jose Urena, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, while one of the position players is reportedly first baseman Garrett Cooper.
Urena was booked to start versus Philadelphia Sunday but was scratched a few hours before game time. Jon Heyman reported that Urena “feels fine,” while details regarding the names of the remaining two position players to test positive unclear.
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After the Marlins and Orioles both conclude their respective road matches in Philadelphia and Boston, they will both travel Miami to start a four-game series on Monday.
Florida has been one of the virus’ hotbeds in June and July, reporting over 12,000 new cases on July 25.
Whether Miami’s recent test results will impact their upcoming series with Baltimore is unknown, though they did begin their game versus the Phillies Sunday on time with Robert Dugger taking over on the mound for Urena.
The news of the positive tests was first reported by baseball writer Robert Murray.
It’s possible the infections happened on the team’s trip to and out of Atlanta on Wednesday, where the Marlins played the Braves in an exhibition game. Since leaving Atlanta — after a flight delay — Miami has been in Philadelphia all weekend for the team’s opening series of the season.
Under MLB guidelines, the players will be isolated from the team until they test negative twice at least 24 hours apart, show no symptoms for 72 hours, and receive approval from team doctors.
Right-hander Robert Dugger started in Urena’s place Sunday.
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