Virus postpones Mets’ games vs. Marlins, Yanks

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Two members of the New York Mets organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to the postponement of the team’s next two games.

The Mets will not play Thursday against the Marlins in Miami, and the Friday opener of their weekend series at Citi Field against the crosstown rival New York Yankees also has been postponed.

Major League Baseball announced the positive tests and the postponed games Thursday, saying that “additional testing and contact tracing” will be conducted.

One Mets player and one staff member tested positive, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan and multiple reports.

The Marlins were still scheduled to travel to Washington for a series against the Nationals beginning Friday. The Marlins had a coronavirus outbreak last month that forced them to suspend their season for eight days.

MLB has postponed 34 games this season because of positive tests.

The Mets planned to fly to New York on Thursday night and conduct testing for the entire traveling party. Remaining in Miami were the two members of the organization who tested positive, along with those known to have had close contact with them. The team’s next scheduled game now is Saturday against the Yankees.

The positive tests are the first confirmed within the Mets organization since the season began. Right-hander Brad Brach missed preseason camp and confirmed he tested positive for the coronavirus.

The postponements were the latest as MLB tries to navigate a pandemic that forced the season to be delayed and shortened to 60 games. Positive tests for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds also led to games being postponed.

Amid all the scheduling disruptions this season, the Mets had been fortunate. No team in the majors had played more games through Thursday than their 26.

They won all three games they played in Miami.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.