Manfred's comments follow the postponement of Saturday's St. Louis Cardinals-Milwaukee Brewers game, according to ESPN and multiple reports.
He told Clark that if the sport does not do a better job of managing the virus that the season would shut down for the year.
Some players have not been abiding by the league's protocols, with broadcasts also showing some players not wearing masks, high-fiving and spitting.More news: John Wick Writer to Helm Splinter Cell Anime Series at Netflix
Major League Baseball rescheduled the postponed Phillies-Yankees games of this week for next week, in NY on Monday and Tuesday and in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Phillies announced Thursday that two staff members tested positive for coronavirus after a Sunday game against the Marlins.More news: Remember These Names: Meet the Stars From Beyoncé's Black Is King
"We continue to take this entire situation very seriously". But it quickly became apparent that the league would attempt to soldier on, which Manfred confirmed in that MLB Network interview, explaining that the point of the expanded rosters and the taxi squads implemented in this brief season was to allow organizations to continue to field a team even during an outbreak.
Diaz consistently tested negative while the season was on hold, but he made a decision to become the first Miami player to opt out. Passan said two Cardinals players tested positive. Two St. Louis Cardinals players were then said to have tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. This makes sense, given the lag between when a person is infected and when they might return a positive result, but it also shows that the whole Major League Baseball plan to have replacement players at the ready was useless from the start.
Cleveland players and staff talked about postponing Friday night's game at Minnesota but played on.More news: Coronavirus: Quebec and Alberta lead Canada in new reported cases