Major League Baseball has suspended the Miami Marlins' season through to Sunday while the Philadelphia Phillies will remain idled by the coronavirus pandemic until Friday, while the rest of baseball forges ahead with trepidation.
"There's real fear, there's real anxiety for me, for all my teammates," Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said on Tuesday.
In the wake an outbreak that infected half the Marlins' team, Braun said MLB players are constantly assessing whether they should keep playing.
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.
But MLB came up with a patchwork schedule for the rest of this week and said that among more than 6,400 tests conducted since Friday, there were no new positives among on-field personnel from any team other than the Marlins.
In a statement, MLB said it wanted to allow the Marlins time to focus on providing care for their players and plan for a resumption of play early next week.
"This could put it in danger," Fauci said on ABC's Good Morning America.
"I don't believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis."
His comments came before word of the Marlins' latest test results.
MLB also postponed the three remaining games in this week's Phillies-New York Yankees series.
The Marlins remained stranded in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend.
The Phillies-Yankees games through Thursday were postponed "out of an abundance of caution," MLB said, although no Phillies players have tested positive.
The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players, bringing their total to 15, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released.
The Marlins had been scheduled to play at Baltimore on Wednesday and Thursday. Instead, the Yankees will play at Baltimore on those days.
Miami's three home games this weekend against Washington were postponed.
Nationals players had voted against making the trip, manager Dave Martinez said.
While baseball battles its logistical challenges, the NBA and NHL are resuming their seasons in bubble environments, with basketball at Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and hockey at Edmonton, Alberta, and Toronto.
The NFL has opted not to create a bubble environment as training camps open this week.
The MLS is Back Tournament has been played in the bubble of Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, with no major issues.