Major League Baseball said Friday it was postponing the entire three-game Subway Series hours before it was set to kick off at Citi Field following two positive COVID-19 tests within the Mets organization. It wasn't immediately clear when the games would be rescheduled.
The finale of the Mets’ four-game series at Miami was called off an hour before it was scheduled to start Thursday night. Friday’s game between the Mets and New York Yankees at Citi Field was also postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted, MLB said.
In a statement Thursday night, the Mets said they would fly back to New York that evening with recommended safety precautions in place, and conduct testing with the entire traveling party.
"The team is currently conducting contact tracing and the two members that tested positive along with those traced to be within close contact will remain in Miami tonight," the statement read in part.
The positive tests are the first confirmed within the Mets organization since the season began. Right-hander Brad Brach missed preseason camp and confirmed he tested positive for the coronavirus.
The postponements were the latest as MLB tries to navigate a pandemic that forced the season to be delayed and shortened to 60 games. Positive tests for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds also led to games being postponed.
Amid all the scheduling disruptions this season, the Mets had been fortunate. No team in the majors had played more games through Thursday than their 26.
They won all three games they played in Miami.
The Marlins were still scheduled to travel to Washington for a series against the Nationals beginning Friday. The Marlins had a coronavirus outbreak last month that forced them to suspend their season for eight days.