BALTIMORE—After some uncertainty, the Orioles’ Tuesday night game against the Miami Marlins will be played, although the starting time was pushed back to 8:15 after the Marlins were cleared to play.
Miami hasn’t played since July 26th after at least 18 players tested positive for Covid-19.
Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball issued a statement: “The start of tonight’s game between the host Baltimore Orioles and the Miami Marlins at Camden Yards may be delayed as we await the final test results clearing the Marlins to resume play. MLB is in communication with both clubs and expects resolution within the next several hours.”
There was about an hourlong delay for media, who were supposed to be allowed entry to Oriole Park at 3 p.m., and no players or staff members from either team were visible. The tarp was on the field but removed well before the scheduled start.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that he wasn’t certain about the Marlins’ 30-man roster because the outbreak had forced widespread changes.
“I do know quite a few of the players that are here, that I think are here,” Hyde said in a video conference call. “I’m familiar with a lot of their guys but really tough to prepare because I’m unfamiliar with many as well … not easy to prepare for a team who you’re not sure exactly who’s on the roster. You’re kind of guessing, and it’s very, very unusual.”
The Marlins were scheduled to play Tuesday night, a Wednesday doubleheader and a Thursday night game. Miami was set to be the home team in Game 2 of Wednesday’s doubleheader and on Thursday.