The Phillies were supposed to resume their schedule Friday night against the Blue Jays, but that series will be pushed back a day. The Phils will not play on Friday night. Instead, the Phillies will face the Blue Jays in a doubleheader Saturday and play the series finale Sunday.
Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader will be played at 3:07 p.m. with 25 minutes between games, according to a source.
Andrew McCutchen basically confirmed the news when he tweeted this. (McCutchen was annoyed earlier in the week that news of Phillies postponements was spread on Twitter before the players themselves knew.)
The upside…we found out about this 1st👏🏾👏🏾 https://t.co/5ve8HaYxRF
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) July 29, 2020
Part or most of the league’s rationale could be this, from Jayson Stark:
Players have been told that if they were exposed to the virus by playing the Marlins, those positive tests would show up between Thursday and Saturday. So this makes sense. https://t.co/9pTv5jWzyV
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 29, 2020
This weekend’s series against the Blue Jays was already going to be strange enough, with the Phillies playing at home but as the road team. The Blue Jays have been barred by their country from playing in Toronto and will play most of their home games at their Triple A site in Buffalo but not until Aug. 11.
No Phillie has yet tested positive coming out of the series against the Marlins, who are up to 16 reported coronavirus cases. In fact, according to MLB, there were no positive cases around the league from Tuesday’s testing, aside from the Marlins.