By Sam Bush
Nationals manager Dave Martinez was visibly shaken when discussing the possibility of traveling to Miami next weekend.
The Nats have a three-game series set to begin Friday against the Marlins, who just had 12 players and two coaches test positive for COVID-19 over the course of their weekend series in Philadelphia. Major League Baseball has responded to the outbreak by calling off Miami’s home opener Monday night game against Baltimore.
Instead, the Marlins are staying back in Philly, in quarantine.
The Yankees and Phillies were scheduled to begin a home-and-home series in Philadelphia, where Miami’s infected players first tested positive. Monday’s game has been canceled, as the Yankees would have to use the same visiting clubhouse just occupied by the Marlins.
Enter Martinez, who had a heart condition surface last September and was noticeably concerned about the environment his club could be thrust into.
Dave Martinez is pretty emotional right now. He says the players are his family, and he's already lost a lot of sleep this month. When asked about whether he has doubts about going to MIA this weekend: "Hopefully they make the right decision. That's all I'm going to say."
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) July 27, 2020