The Miami Marlins aren’t going to play a baseball game for at least a week. If you haven’t been paying attention to the baseball world, let me fill you in: The Marlins traveling party that includes players, coaches, and trainers, have had 19 positive COVID-19 tests while in Philadelphia – and that includes 15 players. That’s half of their playing roster. They’ve had their schedule suspended until at least Monday, and the Phillies, who played the Marlins on the opening weekend, are suspended until Friday. Schedules have been rearranged with the opponents to try and make this work. And as I was typing this it was announced that the Miami-Dade Mayor said the Marlins should follow the 14-day quarantine protocol when they return to Florida, so it may be even longer before they can play again.
But, for the Marlins – it’s more than just “when will they next play”, it’s who will be on their team. With so many positive tests, and potentially more to come given the incubation period of the virus, they need players. And they may need lots of new ones. The Cincinnati Reds needed roster spots earlier this week and they created them by placing pitchers Josh Smith and Justin Shafer on waivers. While they certainly may have been picked up in a normal situation, it’s no shock to find out that both of them were claimed by Miami. Best of luck to both of them on many different fronts.
With the loss of those two players, both of whom were on the alternate roster at Prasco Park, here’s what the Cincinnati Reds have for their roster out in Mason currently:
|R.J. Alaniz||RHP||Mark Kolozsvary||C|
|Jesse Biddle||LHP||Francisco Peña||C|
|Matt Bowman||RHP||Alex Blandino||INF|
|David Carpenter||RHP||Jose Garcia||INF|
|José De León||RHP||Robel García||INF|
|Hunter Greene||RHP||Jonathan India||INF|
|Ryan Hendrix||RHP||Alfredo Rodriguez||INF|
|Joel Kuhnel||RHP||Stuart Fairchild||OF|
|Nick Lodolo||LHP||Boog Powell||OF|