More Ball Games Postponed After Coronavirus Hits Phillies Staff

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Two staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for the coronavirus, causing Major League Baseball to postpone this weekend's games with the Toronto Blue Jays, CBS News reported Thursday.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the Philadelphia Phillies' three-game weekend series with the Toronto Blue Jays, scheduled for Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd at Citizens Bank Park, has been postponed," the league said in a statement.

The Phillies said that one of their coaching staff and a clubhouse staffer tested positive for COVID-19. "All activity at Citizens Bank Park has been canceled today and until further notice," the team said.

This latest postponement comes on the heels of an outbreak of the virus among the Miami Marlins. Over a dozen players and staff on the team tested positive for the virus after playing the Phillies last week, CBS reported.

MLB also postponed all Marlins games through Sunday and also postponed the Phillies-Yankees series scheduled for this week.

Commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters that team owners haven't thought about canceling or suspending the season.

"We expected we were going to have positives at some point in time," he said. "I remain optimistic that the protocols are strong enough that it will allow us to continue to play."

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