Most Marlins who had virus are cleared to return to field

Sat Aug 15 3:58pm ET

Miami Marlins players Lewis Brinson (25) Magneuris Sierra, center, and Jon Berti celebrate after the Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 8-2 in a baseball game, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter watches during the first inning of a baseball game between the Marlins and the Atlanta Braves, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


MIAMI (AP) Most of the Miami Marlins players sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak have been approved to return to the field.

The team said Saturday those cleared will begin rehabilitation workouts and could be activated as early as next week.

The Marlins placed 17 players on the injured list following the outbreak, which forced the postponement of seven games. None has played since the season-opening series.

The group includes ace Sandy Alcantara, shortstop Miguel Rojas and eight relievers who were on the opening day roster. Despite their absence, the surprising Marlins lead the NL East.

Those who have been cleared will rehab at the Marlins' spring training site in Jupiter, Florida.

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