Major League Baseball said Friday that the weekend series pitting the rival New York Yankees and New York Mets is postponed “out of an abundance of caution” after two people in the Mets organization tested positive for coronavirus this week.
MLB now has had to cancel 32 games because of positive tests for the virus. Wednesday of this week was the first time all 30 teams had played at once since opening weekend.
The Mets’ positive results — reportedly involving one player and one staff member — forced the postponement of their Thursday game in Miami against the Marlins. They were to host the Yankees at Citi Field in Queens on Saturday and Sunday, the city rivals’ first scheduled meeting of the shortened regular season.
MLB said the postponement would allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be performed within the Mets organization.
The league on Thursday reported its latest round of testing results via its COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. It tested 12,485 samples this week, with seven total coming back positive — three players and four staff members. Since the season began, 19 teams have had at least one positive case within their organization and MLB has seen 82 positives overall including 54 players.