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Phillies coach tests positive, weekend games postponed

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A Phillies coach tests positive for COVID-19. In case you wanted to know if this was ever gonna end.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Philadelphia Phillies have announced that “all activity at Citizens Bank Park has been cancelled today and until further notice” after two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. That includes one member of the Phillies coaching staff.

To date the outbreak which has idled the Miami Marlins had mostly spared the Phillies, who played them at Citizens Bank Park last weekend. A visiting clubhouse attendant had tested positive, which is understandable given the close quarters they share with the visiting players, but no Phillies players or coaches have been infected until now. Of course, given that epidemiologists generally believe that negative tests are not likely to be reliable until a few days after exposure, this is not something that has come from completely out of left field either.

The Phillies have been idled through Friday, as Major League Baseball waits to see if they were infected by the visiting Marlins. While, hopefully, this is a coincidence and the person who tested positive contracted the virus elsewhere and has not infected others on the Phillies, but when a Phillies coach tests positive, it may be sign that the Marlins problem is going wider than first thought.

UPDATE: and now, it seems, all of the Phillies-Blue Jays games scheduled this weekend have been postponed:

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.