Another player in the Miami Marlins traveling squad has tested positive for COVID-19, making it a total of 17 players and two coaches to have contracted the virus.
It all started Sunday, prior to the Fish’s final game before having their season postponed, as pitcher Jose Urena, first baseman Garrett Cooper and right fielder Harold Ramirez tested positive for COVID-19.
Before the current suspension, there was controversy on if the Marlins should play with an overwhelming amount of positive cases within 24 hours. The decision to play in Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies was decided in a group chat. The overall verdict was to play, in which Miami went on to win to take their opening series.
On Monday, it was announced that eight players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19, creating an outbreak in the Marlins clubhouse.
On Tuesday, four more members of the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19. MLB ultimately ruled to pause Miami’s season through Sunday, August 2nd, 2020, canceling their games vs. the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals.
Since Monday, Miami’s been scrambling to find replacements for those with COVID-19 and cannot play. Their most recent signings include infielder Logan Forsythe and pitcher Pat Venditte.
Forsythe is entering his 10th MLB season, having been with now six different teams. Forsythe has a career .246 average with a total of 758 hits. Venditte is coming off of a very quiet 2019 season, only seeing two games. Venditte has a 5.03 career ERA with 53 strikeouts.
The Marlins hope to play again August 4, which will hopefully be Miami’s home-opener vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.