Major League Baseball teams now required to have coronavirus compliance officers


Since that spike in cases, the Marlins moved to a daily testing schedule.

FILE - In this Sunday, July 26, 2020, file photo, a foul ball that was hit into the stands sits on the ground of an empty stadium during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. This game is now rescheduled for 01 August to give the Phillies extra time to ensure that their players were not infected via contact with the Marlins.

Soto, who had 34 homers and 110 RBIs during the 2019 regular season and was a breakout star of October, tested positive for the coronavirus and was sidelined on opening day last week. The Philadelphia Phillies, who hosted the Marlins in the early stages of the outbreak, have been unable to play since, while the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles began an impromptu series Wednesday after their respective series were postponed.

The St. Louis Dispatch reported the Cardinals have been instructed to self-isolate and are remaining in their hotel rooms with no plans going to ballpark.

To this point, eight teams have had games postponed due to positive coronavirus tests. Their opponents have felt the residual effect of it. The Toronto Blue Jays were supposed to play a double-header on Saturday in Philadelphia, having pushed back a planned Friday start to give the Phillies more time to clear tests, but that series was now also postponed.

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While this is unlikely to change a whole lot in the grand scheme of things, Major League Baseball and its players have changed the format of doubleheaders for the remainder of the 2020 season.

On Monday, the number of positive tests on the Marlins jumped to 13. The Phillies also were scheduled to play games Wednesday and Thursday in NY against the Yankees, who now will be traveling to Baltimore instead. The Cleveland Indians also played at the Twins on Thursday, meaning they most likely used the same visiting clubhouse as the Cardinals and could also be potentially be impacted. The hope, weather permitting, was for the Jupiter site to resume practicing this weekend.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the test results were not announced.

The news comes on the same day another player on the Miami Marlins has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.