"We're not going to Philadelphia", Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters Thursday afternoon.
The Phillies' four-game, home-and-home series against the New York Yankees was postponed this week by Major League Baseball. Montoyo said the team plans to stay in the US capital until new travel plans can be finalized.
The Phillies played the Miami Marlins last weekend in Philadelphia, and 17 Marlins have since been diagnosed with coronavirus. The club hoped this weekend's postponed series with the Marlins would give the 35-year-old a chance to heal and be ready to return Tuesday against the Mets, but now he'll be sidelined at least all of next week.More news: Fauci testifies on coronavirus response
All activity at Citizens Bank Park was canceled Thursday until further notice. First, MLB shifted Friday's game to part of a doubleheader Saturday, with the series finale Sunday - and now all three games are scrapped, leaving Toronto in limbo. A message left Thursday afternoon with an Major League Baseball spokesman was not immediately returned.
Bichette, who missed the Blue Jays' previous three games because of a tight left hamstring, doubled on Nationals starter Erick Fedde's next pitch and came around to score on a single from Lourdes Gurriel Jr. So Montoyo's team played its "home opener" at Washington on Wednesday.
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Even though the Toronto Blue Jays are not scheduled to play their first home game in Buffalo until August 11th, their opponent wanted to "blend in" with the locals.
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