The Miami Marlins have had four players in their 60-man roster pool test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday.
One result stems from Wednesday’s mandatory intake screening. Three more had previously tested positive within the past two weeks and have been in self-quarantine. The Marlins are not disclosing the names of those who tested positive because the players did not give permission to announce their names. Hill did not confirm if any of the four players were experiencing symptoms but did note that the three who had previously tested positive are “nearing the end of their quarantine.”
“We’re hopeful to have them participate in the intake and join us as soon as possible,” Hill said.
According to the Major League Baseball’s operation manual for the 2020 season, which includes the safety and health protocols affiliated with COVID-19, any player who receives a positive test for the coronavirus must go into self-isolation until receiving clearance from the team physician and the joint COVID-19 Health and Safety Committee. Players who test positive are not allowed to travel with the team, use team facilities or have contact with team personnel until they have received consecutive negative tests at least 24 hours apart, has been symptom-free for at least 72 hours and completes an antibody test, among other requirements.
“This is ongoing,” Hill said. “We’ve very pleased that a majority of our players made it through intake without it, but this is a daily battle, the disease is still out there. The pandemic is still out there. Florida’s recording record highs and daily reports of the virus. We have to continue to be mindful. We have to continue to be smart. We have to continue to be disciplined as players, as staff, as an organization, because you know this is a daily and ongoing battle.”
Saturday marked the second day of the team’s training camp. At least 33 of the 42 players who were scheduled to report at Marlins Park were on site for Friday’s first day. At least two more were slated to practice Saturday.
The Marlins had a socially-distanced team meeting before Saturday’s practice to stress the importance of health and safety.
“You know, adhere to all of the extensive protocols put in place by Major League Baseball and to be safe,” Hill said, “because one misstep or one mistake can impact everyone else. We’ve encouraged everyone to follow all of the protocols, to adhere to everything that they’ve been given. There’s been a ton of information. Everyone who is participating in summer training has been given a video outlining all of the protocols. ... We want to do everything in our power to keep our guys safe as possible.
“But in addition to everything that we do here internally, we want our guys to be equally afraid when they leave the ballpark because that is just as important as all of the safety measures that we take here in Marlins Park. Our players and our staff and everyone needs to take the same responsibility and be disciplined when they leave when they leave Marlins Park.”