The Marlins received another positive Covid-19 test among their players, leading to a total of 18 alarming cases, reports Daniel Alvarez Montes of El ExtraBase (via Twitter). The Marlins also have two positive cases on their coaching / coaching staff, bringing the total to 20 members of the team’s traveling party.
In the best news for the Marlins, a veteran outfielder Matt Joyce, who missed the entire Summer Camp, was tested negative and cleared to join the squad, for Craig Mish for SportsGrid (Twitter link). To be clear, Joyce was not counted among the 18 positive Marlins cases that emerged from Opening Day.
The Miami alternative supplement training site has been reported negatively recently, adding several new entrants through exemptions and a free agency as they look to make up for the huge effect that the Covid-19 outbreak has. took on their team. It’s worrying, however, that players will continue to test positive despite the fact that five days have now passed since the team finished its final game of the opening series against the Phillies. Miami is currently scheduled to resume play early next week, but it’s unclear if continued positive testing will impact that.
Admittedly, the risk of further spreading Covid-19 infections in the league is the primary concern, but there is also the issue that the Marlins will be able to bring in a Major League roster whenever they seek to return to the pitch. The team has additional players in reserve at its alternative training site, but of the group that opened the season there, only four have had Major League experience (Ryan Lavarnway, Travis Snider, Jordan Yamamoto u Josh A. Smith).
The Marlini have since stated Mike Morin, Justin Shafer u Josh D. Smith set aside waiver in addition to signing Logan Forsythe u Pat Venditte. Their additions are crucial, as the Marlins have chosen to take a very small group to alternate for development purposes. A dozen players are 22 years old or younger – many of them not particularly close to MLB’s finishes. Joyce will presumably need some time to move to their alternative site, but he will give Fish the much-needed option in the relatively near future.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this week that the Marlins outbreak does not qualify as a “nightmare” scenario, although at that point, there were 11 known positives on the roster. as opposed to current 18. And while positive tests from Opening Day had limited the Marlins until this morning, the Cardinals have now reported that they also had two positive test players, causing their scheduled game in Milwaukee to be postponed.