Don Mattingly, manager of the Miami Marlins, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and will be away from the team, which will continue its series against the New York Yankees.
The 60-year-old pilot experienced mild symptoms upon arrival at the park before the duel. The former Yankees star had been vaccinated in mid-April.
Mattingly’s case is isolated, the club said. The rest of the coaches and players were immediately tested for antigen, and they all came back negative. Bench coach James Rowson will lead the team in Mattingly’s absence.
The Marlins were one of the teams hard hit by the pandemic last season. An outbreak during the first week of the campaign shortened to 60 games caused 19 positive cases. Coaches and players were kept in quarantine for six days.
The outbreak led the Marlins to nine days without playing.
Despite the interruption of last year’s games, Mattingly helped the Marlins reach the postseason, something they hadn’t done since 2003. He was named the National League Manager of the Year. (ESPNDEPORTES)