By Sam Bush
ESPN is reporting that the Miami Marlins’ home opener against the Baltimore Orioles tonight has been canceled because as coronavirus cases continue to pop up on the team.
Eight more players and two coaches with the Marlins have tested positive for coronavirus, as an outbreak has spread throughout their clubhouse and brought the total cases in recent days to at least 14, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN.
The Marlins remain in Philly and continue to undergo testing after their weekend series here.
Four Marlins players tested positive for the coronavirus yesterday, including that day’s starter, Jose Urena, according to sources familiar with the situation, leading the team to delay its postgame trip home amid concerns about a possible outbreak.
The Marlins were already going to be without the services of Urena, catcher Jorge Alfaro, who was placed on the injured list before their season opener on Friday, infielder Garrett Cooper and outfielder Harold Ramirez.
Before the Marlins’ opening series in Philly, the team played a an exhibition game in Atlanta on Wednesday. It’s also possible that the infections occurred there.