The Miami Marlins haven't had any new positive results in their final round of coronavirus testing, a person familiar with the situation said on Saturday, but second baseman Isan Diaz has canceled the season.

The Philadelphia Phillies meanwhile said on Saturday they hadn't received any new positive test results the day before. The players were allowed to enter Citizens Bank Park for staggered training sessions from the afternoon.

The person who discussed the Marlins spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the tests had not been released publicly. At least 21 members of the Marlins travel group had an outbreak at the start of a season opening trip.

The team has not played in Philadelphia since Sunday, but hopes to resume play next week.

Diaz tested consistently negative throughout the interrupted season, but decided to become the first Miami player to sign out. He played in two of the Marlins' three games before their season was interrupted.

Diaz fought .173 as a rookie last year, but the organization has high hopes for its potential.

The infected Marlins players and staff left Philadelphia on Friday in sleeper buses to Miami, where they will remain in quarantine. The rest of the team remained isolated in a Philadelphia hotel.

After six teams from the pandemic were idle on Friday, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport's coronavirus protocols.

Manfred and Clark talked about what needs to be done to end the season, said a person familiar with the conversation. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

The conversation between Manfred and Clark, first reported by ESPN, is taking place amid growing evidence that the spread of the infection threatens to outstrip efforts to play ball.

"Some things aren't looking too good right now, but we have to play to this point. The players see what can happen," said Houston manager Dusty Baker.

The last game postponed was Milwaukee's home game against St. Louis, which was canceled hours before the first pitch after two Cardinals players tested positive.

The cardinals said in a statement that they had heard of positive tests on Thursday evening based on the samples collected on Wednesday. Players and staff were instructed to isolate themselves in their hotel rooms.

The Cardinals and Brewers were still hoping to play Saturday night and catch up on Friday's game with two seven-inning games on Sunday as part of a newly approved MLB plan for doubleheaders.

The Phillies Blue Jays series in Philadelphia was one of two weekend series that had previously been canceled. The Marlins had a virus outbreak in Philadelphia, and both Miami and the Phillies have been out for at least a week.

The schedules of the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles have also been encrypted. Players and Cleveland staff talked about postponing the game in Minnesota on Friday night. The Cardinals had played on Target Field on Wednesday, one day before the Indians' arrival.


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