Marlins’ outbreak may derail season

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    MAJOR League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred believes the Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak won’t derail the season.

    At least 11 Marlins players and two coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 since the season opened Friday. The situation grew severe enough that Miami’s scheduled home opener on Monday and the scheduled game on Tuesday, both against the Baltimore Orioles, were postponed earlier Monday.

    The Philadelphia Phillies, who played host to the Marlins over the weekend, also postponed their scheduled Monday home game against the New York Yankees as they awaited the results of their latest round of COVID-19 tests.

    “I don’t put this in the nightmare category,” Manfred said Monday on MLB Network. “We built the protocols to allow us to continue to play. That’s why we have the expanded rosters. That’s why we have the expanded pools of additional players. We think we can keep people safe and continue to play.

    “We expected we were going to have positives at some point in time. I remain optimistic that the protocols are strong enough, that it will allow us to continue to play even through an outbreak like this and complete our season.”

    Manfred said that if the results of the Marlins’ remaining coronavirus tests are at an “acceptable” level, Miami will play at Baltimore on Wednesday as scheduled. However, he didn’t specify what is considered “acceptable.”