BALTIMORE — A four game series between the Orioles and Marlins has been canceled, forcing a quick switch in opponents.
Over a dozen players and staff on the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19, prompting Monday and Tuesday's games in Miami to be postponed.
The Orioles flew back to Baltimore Monday night, in hopes of facing the Marlins at home on Wednesday and Thursday to salvage the remaining two games of the series.
Those plans were nixed Tuesday when four more Marlins players tested positive.
Major League Baseball then made the decision to have the Yankees come to Camden Yards instead to play Wednesday and Thursday's games.
The Yankees game was also postponed on Monday. They were set to meet the Phillies in Philadelphia, but that's where the Marlins outbreak first began Sunday.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter released the following statement in response to the outbreak among his team.
“The health of our players and staff has been and will continue to be our primary focus as we navigate through these unchartered waters. After a successful Spring 2.0, we have now experienced challenges once we went on the road and left Miami. Postponing tonight’s home opener was the correct decision to ensure we take a collective pause and try to properly grasp the totality of this situation. We have conducted another round of testing for our players and staff, and our team will all remain in Philadelphia pending the results of those tests, which we expect later today. We will provide additional information as soon as it becomes available.”
The Marlins are expected to be off until at least Sunday.