Phillies’ Joe Girardi concerned over Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak
Major League Baseball intends to forge ahead with the season despite an ongoing coronavirus outbreak in the Miami Marlins clubhouse that has now reached 17 confirmed cases.
Despite the league’s stated optimism that the Marlins’ situation is not severe enough to halt its abbreviated 60-game season, Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi nevertheless expressed concern Tuesday over the unquestionably troublesome situation.
“My fear always is, if there’s one person who has it, there’s probably more,” Giradi said during an appearance on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM, as transcribed by NBC Sports Philadelphia. “I don’t know if any of us thought there’d be, I think they’re up to 17 cases now, 15 players, devastating for the Marlins. There were some anxious moments for me today not knowing the results I’d get for my team.
“I think it’s really smart for baseball to wait one more day just because the incubation period is 2 to 14 days — I know we can’t wait 14 days — but I think we have to be really smart about this. After thinking about it, I think this could happen more than one time with an organization.”
The Marlins’ outbreak of course occurred over the weekend during a series against Girardi’s Phillies squad, so the developing situation obviously hits close to home for the first-year skipper.
The Phillies were set to host the New York Yankees for a two-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Monday and Tuesday, but both of those matchups have been postponed.
There has been positive news for the Phillies, however, as there have been no new positive COVID-19 tests among the players despite sharing a field with the coronavirus-ravaged Marlins over the weekend.
Girardi was also asked during the interview whether he would be comfortable with the Phillies taking the field should the the team encounter a similar situation that the Marlins’ outbreak presented.
"If this situation [Sunday against the #Marlins] were to happen again, would you feel comfortable taking the field, as a team?"— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) July 28, 2020
"I don't think so."@Phillies | #Phillies | Joe Girardi pic.twitter.com/I2RJj47FqQ
“I don’t think so,” Girardi said. “The fact that we haven’t had anyone test positive yet is great, but there’s too much at stake when you talk about players and their health and their family’s health.”