Coronavirus: Phillies-Blue Jays series postponed after positive COVID-19 tests

The upcoming MLB series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed following positive coronavirus tests.

Philadelphia and Toronto were scheduled to meet in a Saturday doubleheader before locking horns again at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday.

However, the Phillies announced on Thursday that a member of their coaching staff and a member of the team’s clubhouse staff tested positive for COVID-19.

“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.

“Major League Baseball will coordinate with health experts and the Major League Baseball Players Association in planning for the Phillies’ resumption of play, and will provide further scheduling updates as necessary.”

It comes amid the outbreak within the Miami Marlins franchise, with the MLB club’s season suspended through Sunday.

As a result, the Phillies have not played since Sunday and they are not scheduled to return to action until a four-game series away to the New York Yankees, starting Monday.

It is another schedule change for the Blue Jays, who are prevented from playing in Toronto due to COVID-19 fears over travelling between Canada and the United States.

The Blue Jays are set to play their home games in Buffalo this season, which has been reduced to a 60-game regular campaign.

After the news, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo – speaking prior to Thursday’s clash against World Series champions the Washington Nationals – said: “Our plans right now are to stay put and let MLB work through whatever they’re working through.

“We’re not going to Philadelphia. Those games have been postponed … We’re going to talk to the Nationals, see if we can work out here. If they say yes, we’ll stay and work out until MLB tells us where to go next.”

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