Miami Marlins Monday: Aug. 3, 2020 — A Week of Games Lost to COVID-19

by Mike Ferguson
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After a nice start to the season in Philadelphia, the Miami Marlins’ 2020 campaign came to a screeching halt.

Throughout the course of the week, 20 different players and staff members for Miami were diagnosed with COVID-19. As a result, four games against the Baltimore Orioles and three against the Washington Nationals were called off.

At the end of last week, it was known that catcher Jorge Alfaro, pitcher Jose Urena, outfielder Harold Ramirez and utility man Garrett Cooper had tested positive for the virus. That has continued to spread to 18 total players and a pair of staff members.

To attempt to compensate for the losses, the Marlins have signed a bevvy of journeymen to include Wilkin Castillo, Logan Forsythe, Justin Shafer and Josh D. Smith. The Marlins were originally scheduled to host the Philadelphia Phillies from Tuesday to Thursday this coming week. They will instead play four games against Baltimore at Camden Yards.

Week in Review

All scheduled games for Miami were postponed.

Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

There were no games this week for the Miami Marlins.

In the Standings

2-1, second place in National League East. Despite not playing for a week, the Marlins are still in the thick of things in their division. Miami sits in second in the National League East. It trails the Atlanta Braves by 1.5 games. The Marlins hold a 1-game lead over the third-place Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals.

News, Notes and Recognitions

Miami has acquired several free agents to help offset the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Miami players who tested positive for COVID-19 took a bus to be quarantined back in Miami.

Infielder Isan Diaz has opted out of the remainder of the 2020 season.

Upcoming This Week

Tuesday, Aug. 4, Wednesday, Aug. 5 and Thursday, Aug. 6: vs. Baltimore Orioles* (Fox Sports Florida)
*NOTE: The Marlins will play four games in three days against Baltimore from Tuesday to Thursday. Miami will be the home team for two of those games. One day will feature a doubleheader. Game times will be determined later in the week.
Friday, Aug. 7 and Saturday, Aug. 8: at New York Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)
Sunday, Aug. 9: at New York Mets, 1:10 p.m. ET (Fox Sports Florida)

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