Blue Jays’ Weekend Series With Phillies Postponed

The Toronto Blue Jays’ weekend series in Philadelphia has been postponed, it was announced on Thursday.

The move comes after two Phillies staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo confirmed the postponement on a video call before Thursday afternoon’s defeat against the Washington Nationals.

The team plans to stay in the U.S. capital until new travel plans can be put in place.

“We’ve got to deal with it, it is what it is,” Montoyo said. “Hopefully MLB works through this. We’ve got games coming up. But that’s all I know right now.”

The postponement will give the Blue Jays a four-day break ahead of a three-game series starting on Tuesday in Atlanta. Montoya said the Blue Jays will ask the Nationals if they can continue to work out at their stadium ahead of the series next week.

“In this clubhouse we’ve got a lot of focused guys here,” said Jays reliever Jordan Romano. “We’re just really trying to focus on what we can control and not letting the outside distractions get in the way of us performing.”

A member of the Phillies coaching staff and a member of the home clubhouse staff tested positive. All players tested negative, the Phillies said.

MBL said on Wednesday that the series was set to go ahead after Phillies players and on-field staff tested negative for coronavirus for a second straight day.

But late Thursday afternoon, MLB confirmed the games would be postponed “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Major League Baseball will co-ordinate with health experts and the Major League Baseball Players Association in planning for the Phillies’ resumption of play, and will provide further scheduling updates as necessary,” MLB said.

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