Phillies: What to know for resumption of play vs. Yankees

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Is the season in jeoparady?

Before the season, notable players like David Price, Buster Posey, and Ryan Zimmerman opted out. Since, other players have followed, such as Milwaukee Brewers All-Star Lorenzo Cain and Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz. A full and updated list of opted-out players can be found on NBC Sports here.

Since the outbreaks, not much changed across Major League Baseball. Other teams played their games, while teams missing games simply missed games. Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that Rob Manfred warned of canceling the 2020 season if “the sport does not do a better job of managing the coronavirus.”

What does this mean for baseball and the Phillies?

When do the Phillies play again?

On Sunday, the Phillies once again reported no new positive cases of COVID-19; they are slated to resume play Monday evening against Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Marlins, too, reported good news.

What has Major League Baseball done so far?

To be honest, not much. They would like to enforce stricter policies and encourage every club to take social distancing and safety measures, like no high-fives, more seriously. A statement was released on Saturday for three clubs, including the Phillies:

The Phillies will be back on Monday, while the Marlins return Tuesday in Baltimore. St. Louis seems to be postponed for the weekend, and more on them will most likely come after more results determine the severity of the situation. For now, the Cardinals seem to be back on Tuesday as well, beginning with a series against the Tigers.