Four more Miami Marlins players have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to at least 17, according to team doctors.
On Monday, the total of confirmed cases stood at 11 players and two coaches.
The team was benched due to the virus for the first two home games, which were set for Monday and Tuesday against the Baltimore Orioles.
As of Monday, nine Marlins players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members had tested positive, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that the Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, though he didn’t believe games needed to stop now.
“This could put it in danger,” said Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. “I don’t believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis.”
Fauci made his comments on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“Major League Baseball — the players, the owners, the managers — have put a lot of effort into getting together and putting protocols that we feel would work,” Fauci said. “It’s very unfortunate what happened with the Miami (Marlins).”
The New York Yankees game against the Phillies is reportedly being put off for a second day in Philadelphia due to a coronavirus outbreak with the Miami Marlins.
More than a dozen Marlin team members have tested positive for COVID-19 and they had just wrapped up a series with the Phillies this past weekend.
Further testing is putting the Yankees-Phillies games on hold as the two teams were set to begin a four-game set on Monday.
The Yankees would have to use the same clubhouse as the Marlins.