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Marlins 2B Diaz opts out after COVID-19 outbreak

Field Level Media
02 Aug 2020, 03:40 GMT+10

Miami Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz announced Saturday he is opting out of the season following a COVID-19 outbreak that saw a reported 18 players and two staff members from his team test positive over the past week.

Diaz, 24, addressed the outbreak and his decision on Instagram.

"This has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads. After much deliberation and thought, I have made the difficult choice of opting out for the remainder of the 2020 season," he said, in part.

The team placed him on the restricted list for 2020 on Friday night.

Diaz was in his second major league season, following a rookie campaign that saw him hit .173 over 49 games, with five home runs and 23 RBIs.

The Marlins have been quarantining in a hotel in Philadelphia, where they concluded a three-game series with the Phillies last Sunday. Their games have been postponed through Sunday.

ESPN's Jesse Rogers reported Friday morning that the team has chartered sleeper buses to take those who have the virus to Miami. The trip from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia to Marlins Park is nearly 1,200 miles. The remainder of the team will stay in Philadelphia, then head to Baltimore, New York and Buffalo for games in those cities, Rogers said.

--Field Level Media

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