Baseball: Major League season endangered as coronavirus hits Miami Marlins

Nationals Park in Washington
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Just four days after beginning a truncated coronavirus-delayed season, Major League Baseball has encountered a serious obstacle, with the postponement of games scheduled in Miami and Philadelphia, due to COVID-19-related concerns.

Miami Marlins, who opened their season on Friday in Philadelphia, were scheduled to return home yesterday before their scheduled home opener today, but put off travelling after players tested positive for the virus.

Philadelphia Phillies were scheduled to host New York Yankees today, but that game was also postponed, as the Marlins players were recently in their stadium.

The Yankees, who played in the season-opening game last Friday in Washington, completed a three-game series with the defending World Series champion Nationals yesterday.

MLB says the games are postponed while it "conducts additional COVID-19 testing" and that members of the Marlins travelling party are self-quarantining in place, while the league awaits results.

COVID-19 is the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.