Two Phillies staffers test positive, weekend series postponed

Ross Houston
August 1, 2020

The Phillies have not played since Sunday, after four games this week with the New York Yankees - two in Philadelphia and two in New York - were postponed over COVID-19 concerns.

Although the game was in Washington, the Blue Jays were the home team batting in the bottom half of each inning because the Canadian government wouldn't allow them to use their home stadium in Toronto during the coronavirus pandemic. Workouts are off until further notice, the team said. Toronto averaged 8.0 hits per game last season and totaled 247 home runs as a team.

"We've got to deal with it, it is what it is", Montoyo said.

"Our plan right now is to stay put and let Major League Baseball work through whatever they're working through", he said. For what it's worth, the Blue Jays won't actually play a "home game" in Buffalo at Shalen Field, home of the Triple-A Bisons, until August 11. The Toronto-Philadelphia series was originally set to begin Friday, but the opener was pushed back to Saturday afternoon.

Blue Jays reliever Jordan Romano says the long break shouldn't pose much of a problem.

Miami's team remains quarantined in Philadelphia, where the Marlins' outbreak was discovered during a weekend series against the Phillies.

West made his debut as a big league umpire in 1976, then became a full-time staff member two years later.

The person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday about the Marlins did so on condition of anonymity because test results were not announced. "And I think everyone feels that way". The club hoped this weekend's postponed series with the Marlins would give the 35-year-old a chance to heal and be ready to return Tuesday against the Mets, but now he'll be sidelined at least all of next week.

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