They took the field despite reports of four positive COVID tests among players - though nothing was confirmed officially - and then manager Don Mattingly said the team would stay in Philadelphia overnight rather than return home to Miami as scheduled.
On Monday, two games (Orioles-Marlins and Yankees-Phillies) were postponed after at least 11 Marlins players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19.
David Price may have opted out of the season, but he's still just as involved from home.
Price seemed to call out Major League Baseball and commissioner Rob Manfred, citing their previous concern for the health of players.
"Now we REALLY get to see if Major League Baseball is going to put players health first", Price wrote on Twitter.
Some Marlins players texted each other about the team's health issues before Sunday's game, but there was no talk of declining to play, shortstop Miguel Rojas said.
If you can't trust professional sports players to make smart decisions to keep their league running during a pandemic, how do you expect students freed from months of home quarantine to fare? US collegiate sports also are in flux.
The Phillies are expected to fumigate the entire visiting clubhouse, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, while the Yankees await instructions at a hotel in Philadelphia, according to James Wagner of the New York Times. But the National Football League decided instead on a series of protocols that limit movement and contact at the team facilities, during travel and in games, while giving teams the option to discipline players or other employees who take risky actions when away from the facility. As long as this virus is endemic in society, we're going to continue to see new cases. "I think that's why I'm here, because I worry about those guys before I put myself first". "There is just too much money on the line". Sunday's starter José Ureña was scratched at the last minute, and there were reports that three players had tested positive for COVID-19 in addition to one previously reported positive.
The NBA is scheduled to resume its season on Thursday, playing at a single site at Walt Disney World.
The tenuousness of the Major League Baseball season, which was always real but perhaps became lost amid the joy of having the game back on its opening weekend, came back into stark focus Monday morning.
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