The remainder of the Phillies' home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed amid coronavirus concerns in the wake of an outbreak involving another team.
The Phillies were supposed to host the Yankees on Monday and Tuesday and play them in New York on Wednesday and Thursday. Instead, the Yankees are planning to head to Baltimore to start a series against the Orioles on Wednesday.
''As of right now, we get to continue our season and we're excited about the opportunity,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''2020 is unlike anything we've experienced.''
The Phillies were having a second round of COVID-19 tests Tuesday following an outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played a weekend series in Philadelphia.
''The fact that we haven't had anyone test positive yet is great, but there's too much at stake when you talk about players and their health and their family's health,'' Phillies manager Joe Girardi said in an interview with MLB Network Radio. ''There are guys that have little children at home or wives that are pregnant or a parent that is high risk. There's too much at risk here not to say: `Hey, we've got to back off for two days and let's make sure.' I think it's smart what baseball is doing here and then we'll go from there. We had some players that probably had some trepidation (playing against the Marlins) on Sunday because there's close contact.''
The Yankees spent Monday in a hotel in Philadelphia after the opener of the series was postponed. They were going to return to New York on Tuesday before rearranging the schedule to go to Baltimore.
Boone said some of the team's equipment was en route to New York before being rerouted.
''My fear always is, if there's one person who has it, there's probably more,'' Girardi said. ''I don't know if any of us thought there'd be, I think they're up to 17 cases now, 15 players, devastating for the Marlins. There were some anxious moments for me today not knowing the results I'd get for my team. I think it's really smart of baseball to wait one more day just because the incubation period is 2 to 14 days and I know we can't wait 14 days. But I think we have to be really smart about this and after thinking about it, I think that this could happen more than one time with an organization. If everyone doesn't play 60 games, I think that's all right. We want to get to the playoffs. That's the important thing. If a team plays 57 games, you go by winning percentage to take the playoff teams and you go from there.''
More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia on Sunday, disrupting MLB's schedule in the early days of the pandemic-delayed season.
Miami's home opener against Baltimore was postponed, as was Tuesday's finale of the two-game series at Marlins Park.
The Phillies are expected to return to action on Friday night pending the results of the team's latest COVID-19 tests. They're taking on the Blue Jays as the road team at Citizens Bank Park, as the Jays are not being permitted to play in Toronto. Hear the game on 101.7 FM and 1150 AM WDEL.