Jorge Alfaro # 38 of the Miami Marlins kneels before the simulated Intrasquad game at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
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Major League Baseball has postponed two games on Monday due to problems with Covid-19, the league said.
Competitions between the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies series against the New York Yankees in Citizens Bank Park, will be postponed after a Coronavirus outbreak among the Marlins. MLB said it would "conduct additional COVID-19 testing" and "members of the Marlins tour group are quarantined themselves," the league said.
"Major League Baseball has coordinated with the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Marlins, the Orioles, the Marlins' weekend opponent, the Phillies, and the club's medical staff and will continue to provide updates as necessary," the league said in a statement.
The league said it tested both the Marlins and the Phillies with quick saliva tests on Monday morning and "waited for the results of these results." MLB will wait for today's results before the status of Tuesday games between the Phillies and Yankees is determined.
In a statement, Marlin's CEO and former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter described the change in MLB as "the right decision."
The Marlins were supposed to line up the Orioles after playing the Phillies in a three-game set to open the 2020 season. Although the postponement took place only a few days after the start of the season, the MLB officials have prepared for possible breakouts between the teams. This is not a surprise as cases of Covid-19 continue to increase across the country.
The MLB announced on Friday that it had tested 28,888 samples and returned a total of 29 positive tests on July 24. Overall, the MLB indicated that 99 samples in 28 clubs were positive for Covid-19.
In addition, the remaining 10 games in the MLB schedule are expected to be played on Monday as planned. MLB kicked off its 60-game season last Thursday with over 4 million viewers watching the start of the Yankees-Washington Nationals, according to ESPN.