BALTIMORE — A season of delays produced another one for the Miami Marlins.
The start of Miami’s first game in nine days was delayed 40 minutes as Major League Baseball awaited final coronavirus test results clearing the Marlins to resume play Tuesday night at Baltimore.
Multiple coronavirus tests for the Marlins had come back inconclusive, but were rerun and all came back negative, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
The Marlins finally got cleared to play and arrived at Camden Yards after 5 p.m. ET, but by 6:15 p.m. the teams still had not agreed on a starting time, which was eventually set for 8:15 p.m.
When he woke up, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wasn’t certain if the game would be played at all.
He said, “I got word there were issues with the test and we were going to be put on hold.”
The Marlins’ season had been on pause since July 26 after at least 18 players, and 21 overall in the traveling party, tested positive following a series against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Tuesday’s game, the beginning of a four-game series, is a makeup from July 29, which was supposed to be Baltimore’s home opener. The Orioles instead played the New York Yankees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.