Just a few minutes after several journalists, most notably MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and New York Post’s Joel Sherman, reported that Monday night’s game between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies had been postponed, Sherman informed that the game is back on as previously scheduled after a “reversal” from the league.
The Phillies played against the Miami Marlins last weekend. The Marlins have, until Saturday, 18 players who tested positive for COVID-19 and two coaches, and the outbreak started before they faced the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
This situation prompted a quarantine for the two teams, and daily tests for Phillies’ players, coaches and staffers that have resulted in two positives: one coach and one clubhouse worker.
The Phillies were supposed to play against the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend but that series was canceled, as well. Then, Sherman and Heyman originally reported that MLB was going to postpone Monday’s tilt against the Yankees, but that is no longer the case.
“Heard there was a reversal and Phillies at Yankees is back on for Monday,” Sherman reported on his official Twitter account.
The Yankees have no COVID-19 cases
Meanwhile, Heyman expanded a little more. “Though many were told this and many confirmed this postponement, there’s now a consideration to reversing this and Philly going to the Bronx Monday. Either way, 4 games between the teams will be played; Phillies never had a player test positive and a Yankees have no Covid cases,” he said.
MLB is trying to navigate through the season while COVID-19 cases are soaring in some locations, most notably Florida. That is why the Marlins won’t return to play until next week, but nevertheless, the outbreak has greatly affected the schedule of several teams, including the Yankees.
COVID-19, additionally, recently hit the St. Louis Cardinals, as two players tested positive according to the latest reports. Their game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday was postponed.