Marlins Delay Flight Back Home Amid COVID-19 Concerns

John Healy
July 26, 2020 - 8:20 pm

The Miami Marlins have delayed their trip back home after four players on the team recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly confirmed that the team is planning to fly home to Miami from Philadelphia on Monday morning rather than Sunday night, but did not say whether or not it was because the club was awaiting further COVID-19 testing results on other staff or players.

Mattingly, who did not name any of the players who tested positive for COVID-19, did acknowledge that those who tested positive are quarantining in Philadelphia, and said the decision to postpone the flight was made with family members in mind.

“We were more comfortable flying as a group later,” Mattingly said, per ESPN. “We’re talking about these guys traveling back home to their families and their kids, and it’s the reason we want to be safe.”

The team is scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles in Miami on Monday night at 7 p.m. and would be arriving to the city just hours before first pitch.

On Sunday, the Marlins scratched starting pitcher Jose Urena for undisclosed reason after placing catcher Jorge Alfaro on the injured list for an undisclosed reason earlier in the weekend.

RADIO.COM Sports MLB Insider Jon Heyman reported that Urena tested positive for COVID-19, as did Garrett Cooper and Harold Ramirez in addition to Alfaro.

MLB guidelines require players to isolate from the team until they test negative twice at least 24 hours apart and show no symptoms for 72 hours.

The Marlins opened the season taking two out of three from the Phillies.

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