By Charlie Scott
The Phillies said today that no further positive COVID-19 tests have been recorded, though Citizens Bank Park remains closed for now.
So far, no Phillies players tested positive for coronavirus following last weekend’s series with the Marlins, whose outbreak has postponed their season through at least Sunday.
But the threat of a Phillies outbreak previously caused the league to postpone the Phils’ four-game, home-and-home series this week against the Yankees at Citizens Bank Park and Yankee Stadium. The league then initially pushed Friday’s series opener against the Blue Jays into a doubleheader Saturday.
When will the Phillies play again?
It appears no earlier than Monday, which would mean an eight-day break between games. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday that the Phillies and Yankees have rescheduled their home-and-home series for next week. The Phillies are currently scheduled next week to play the Marlins in Miami, but Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said “it is very possible that we will have a different opponent.”
An eight-day break is not ideal under any circumstances, and on top of that, the Phillies do not know when they will be able to resume workouts. Pitchers still need to throw off a mound to stay sharp. Hitters need to hit.