Miami Marlins halt play for a week after COVID-19 outbreak [Updated]

Swapping elbow bumps for high-fives and adding some mask use among players was not enough to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Miami Marlins. (Miami players Miguel Rojas and Isan Diaz celebrating during a game against the Phillies, July 26, 2020 in Philadelphia.)

Enlarge / Swapping elbow bumps for high-fives and adding some mask use among players was not enough to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Miami Marlins. (Miami players Miguel Rojas and Isan Diaz celebrating during a game against the Phillies, July 26, 2020 in Philadelphia.) (credit: Mitchell Leff | Getty Images)

UPDATE, July 28: The Miami Marlins have officially paused their season for a week, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday, as at least three additional players and coaches for the team tested positive for COVID-19. The team will not play again until at least Sunday (August 2).

The three-game series scheduled this week between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies has also been postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” MLB said.

“The difficult circumstances of one Club reinforce the vital need to be diligent with the protocols in all ways, both on and off the field,” MLB added in its press release. “The realities of the virus still loom large, and we must operate with that in mind every day. We are confident that Clubs and players will act appropriately, for themselves and others, and the data provides reason to believe that the protocols can work effectively.”

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