Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET
The Philadelphia Phillies announced today that a member of their coaching staff and a member of the home clubhouse staff have each tested positive for COVID-19. The team has shut down all activities at Citizens Bank Park today until further notice.
No Phillies players have tested positive since the team hosted the Marlins in a three-game series during Opening Weekend. The Marlins are up to 17 positive cases now, and spent the weekend in Citizens Bank Park.
Due to the outbreak within the Marlins organization, their home series against Baltimore and Washington were cancelled this week. The Phillies were supposed to host the New York Yankees in Philadelphia this week, but that series was cancelled as well.
The Phillies were supposed to be back in action on Saturday, playing a doubleheader against the Blue Jays in Philadelphia. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said this afternoon that series has been postponed, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.
Now it seems as if the Phillies will be off at least through the weekend, while the Blue Jays are scrambling to figure out their next steps.
While it's good news that no players have tested positive, the team is being cautious now that two members of the staff have tested positive. I'm no epidemiologist and I certainly don't know much about medicine, but due to the unusually long incubation period of this virus, it could be possible that it was spread to the Phillies players and just hasn't been detected yet.
Obviously, I hope that's not the case, but with the situation MLB is in, I think they have to be as cautious as they can, and keep up the testing until they are absolutely sure that there are no positive cases within the Phillies' roster. If we end up with another outbreak like the Marlins, it could derail the entire season.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.