Blue Jays manager says Toronto’s series this weekend in Philly has been postponed.
The Phillies' return to playing on Saturday appears to be in jeopardy after the team announced Thursday that one member of the coaching staff and one of the home clubhouse staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
None of the players have tested positive, but all activities have been suspended at Citizens Bank Park until further notice, the team announced in a statement.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said in his Thursday pregame Zoom call that the Toronto wouldn’t be coming to Philadelphia for a scheduled three-game weekend series that had been changed to a doubleheader Saturday and single game Sunday, and that the series had been postpoined.
The Phillies' season was paused after their game Sunday against the Miami Marlins. That's because numerous Marlins players tested positive for the coronavirus, both on Sunday before the game, and then Monday.
It is believed that 17 Marlins players and staff members have tested positive.
No doubt, Major League Baseball would want to see at least another day of test results before determining whether the Phillies can start playing again.
#BlueJays Charlie Montoyo:
“We’re not going to Philadelphia. Those games have been postponed.”
If they can work out in Washington, they’ll stay there.
The Marlins have been quarantined in Philadelphia since the game ended Sunday. They aren't playing again until next Tuesday at the earliest.
The Phillies didn't name the coach or the clubhouse attendant who tested positive. But pitching coach Bryan Price was away from the team last Saturday and Sunday against the Marlins.
It's not known if he was the coach who tested positive. But on Wednesday, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Price wasn't feeling well last weekend and stayed home. He had been away from the team since Saturday.
Klentak also said that Price had tested negative through Wednesday and was cleared to return to the ballpark Wednesday, the first day the Phillies were allowed to have a staggered workout.