New York Mets expected to return from COVID-19 outbreak on Tuesday

By Matt Johnson
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The New York Mets became the latest MLB team to be sidelined due to a COVID-19 outbreak heading into the weekend. Fortunately, things are looking promising for New York to resume playing out its schedule very soon.

MLB’s latest setback as it continues to play out its 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic came on Thursday. The Mets reported two positive tests, a player and a staffer, forcing the team to cancel their final game against the Miami Marlins and the three-game Subway Series.

Luckily, MLB’s intensified COVID-19 protocols and the team’s strict adherence to the rules seems to have paid off.

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When the Mets first learned of their two positive cases for the coronavirus, they immediately suspended play and took action. The team flew home from Miami, keeping the carriers quarantined, while proceeding with the league’s testing protocols.

The Mets canceled their series opener against the New York Yankees on Friday, hoping they could play over the weekend. However, in an abundance of caution, the entire series was eventually canceled.

After four days off, things are already taking a positive turn for the Mets. According to the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman, the team reported zero additional positive COVID-19 tests over the weekend and are expected to resume play on Tuesday.

An announcement from MLB is expected later on Monday, but the league’s decision seems to be made. The Mets and Marlins will play a doubleheader at Citi Field on Tuesday, per the Miami Herald‘s Jordan McPherson, to make up for the suspended game last Thursday.

It’s expected to be the first of three doubleheaders this week for the Meets. After playing two games on Tuesday against the Marlins, they will play a doubleheader on Friday and Sunday against the Yankees.

MLB avoided a disaster with its latest COVID-19 outbreak, but the scare could be another cautionary tale for the league. With the 2020 season nearing the halfway point and the postseason approaching, moving to a bubble for October is becoming even more plausible.