Another Phillies series has been postponed. They were scheduled to resume their season with three games against the Blue Jays this weekend – a doubleheader Saturday and an afternoon game Sunday – but that series will not occur.
“We’re not going to Philadelphia. Those games have been postponed,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told Toronto reporters Thursday afternoon, shortly after a Phillies coach and home clubhouse attendant tested positive for COVID-19.
The Phillies have been off all week. They had their four-game home-and-home series with the Yankees postponed. It was supposed to be this Monday through Thursday. Yesterday, their Friday game against the Blue Jays was moved back to become a doubleheader Saturday.
Amid the postponements, the Phillies had been having scattered workouts at Citizens Bank Park this week after hosting a Marlins team on opening weekend that experienced an outbreak of more than a dozen players.
The Phillies canceled all activity at Citizens Bank Park Thursday until further notice.
The missed games are mounting and there probably won’t be enough time for a team in the Phillies’ position to make all of them up in a season with only six off-days. They could end up playing a bunch of doubleheaders, or they could end up having their end-of-season record interpreted based on winning percentage.
All of that, though, is secondary right now to health and safety.