The New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies were scheduled to start a four-game series on Monday night, but that is no longer the case.
The New York Yankees were set to head to Philadelphia to face off with the Phillies in a four-game series to be split between Philly and New York, but things have now changed.
The Phillies started their season with a three-game series against the Miami Marlins, and on Sunday it was announced that several Marlins players had tested positive for COVID-19, and yet they still played in a game against the Phillies that afternoon.
This means that Phillies players and staff were exposed to the virus, and the clubhouse which the Yankees would be using less than 24 hours later, has been contaminated with the virus as well.
On Monday more news came out and it was announced that about 40% of the Marlins players had then tested positive for COVID-19.
With this, the Yankees then planned to bring their own clubhouse personnel to work the game as opposed to the Phillies’ personnel as they had just been exposed to COVID-19. The Yankees were going to do everything they could to limit interaction with members of the Phillies who had been exposed, but this still might not have been enough.
With this, the MLB decided to postpone the Yankees-Phillies game scheduled for Monday night, but the question is; what about the rest of the series?
The Yankees and Phillies are scheduled to play only one series against one another, this weekend. This means that if they have to cancel the series, this will mess with the schedules of both teams, and the MLB might have to push back the postseason a bit.
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With both the Yankees and Phillies having only six more rest days each for the rest of the season, it would be impossible to fit the series somewhere in the middle of the season. This means the only option would be to push the series back to the end of the season and hope it doesn’t mess with the postseason by playing either two double-headers, or something of that nature.
Another option would be getting all the Phillies tested once the test results come back, if they are able to play, simply move all four games to New York rather than just two of them and squeeze the four games into the next three days.
They could also play three games over the next three days and play the last game on either August 24th or September 14th, the two days where both the Yankees and Phillies have a scheduled off-day.
Either way, the current circumstances certainly are not ideal, and the next couple hours could be very interesting for the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball as a whole.