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story.lead_photo.caption A person walks toward the Philadelphia Phillies team store at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

MIAMI -- Major League Baseball suspended the Miami Marlins' season through Sunday, and 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 Tuesday. "I think we've found it very difficult to focus on baseball at all the last couple of days."

In the wake of a virus 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 involving 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 to plan for a resumption of play early next week. 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 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.

Nine players on the 30-man roster, two taxi squad players and two staff members tested positive earlier.

The Marlins had been scheduled to play at Baltimore today 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, Marlins Manager Dave Martinez said.

"We all decided that it was probably unsafe to go there," Martinez said. "It had nothing to do with the Miami Marlins. It was all about Miami and the state of Florida, this pandemic. They didn't feel safe."

The Marlins underwent another round of tests Tuesday, as their outbreak raised anew questions about baseball's attempts to conduct a season.

"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.

"Major League Baseball -- the players, the owners, the managers -- have put a lot of effort into getting together and putting protocols that we feel would work," Fauci said. "It's very unfortunate what happened with the Miami [Marlins]."

In Cleveland, Chicago White Sox Manager Rick Renteria returned to the team Tuesday after awakening with some covid-19 symptoms a day earlier and being isolated for 24 hours.

Everyone across baseball seemed to be feeling uneasy.

"It's important that we are able to provide a source of entertainment and an outlet for people who are dealing with such a challenging time in their lives," Braun said. "But at the same time, the health and safety should be the top priority for all of us at all times. ...

"You think about all the hotel employees, bus drivers, pilots, flight attendants, anybody else all the Marlins guys might have come into contact with, and it's obviously scary."

The Marlins planned to remain in Philadelphia until at least tosday. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health said it was working with the Marlins and Phillies on contact tracing to contain the spread of the virus.

"All of our players, coaches and staff are, understandably, having a difficult time enduring this experience," Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said.

The Philadelphia Phillies, top, and the Miami Marlins hold a black ribbon in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement and in memory of George Floyd, before a baseball game Friday, July 24, 2020, in Philadelphia. Major League Baseball has already postponed a second scheduled game between Miami and Baltimore after more than a dozen Marlins players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the club to lock down in Philadelphia. Commissioner Rob Manfred said the soonest the Marlins could resume their schedule is Wednesday, when they are set to play in Baltimore. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
The Philadelphia Phillies, top, and the Miami Marlins hold a black ribbon in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement and in memory of George Floyd, before a baseball game Friday, July 24, 2020, in Philadelphia. Major League Baseball has already postponed a second scheduled game between Miami and Baltimore after more than a dozen Marlins players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the club to lock down in Philadelphia. Commissioner Rob Manfred said the soonest the Marlins could resume their schedule is Wednesday, when they are set to play in Baltimore. (Charles Fox/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Miami Marlins' manager Don Mattingly looks out from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Miami Marlins' manager Don Mattingly looks out from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Members of the Florida National Guard monitor vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site outside of Marlins Park, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Miami. The Marlins home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night has been postponed as the Marlins deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Members of the Florida National Guard monitor vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site outside of Marlins Park, Monday, July 27, 2020, in Miami. The Marlins home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night has been postponed as the Marlins deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
An empty Ashburn Alley faces seats at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
An empty Ashburn Alley faces seats at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2020, file photo, home plate umpire Tim Timmons, center, explains things to Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, left, and Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, right, with the other umpires looking on prior to a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as the number of their players testing positive rose to 15. The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players Tuesday, July 123, 2020, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released.  (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2020, file photo, home plate umpire Tim Timmons, center, explains things to Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, left, and Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi, right, with the other umpires looking on prior to a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as the number of their players testing positive rose to 15. The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players Tuesday, July 123, 2020, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The person declined to be identified because the results had not been publicly released. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Jesus Aguilar, right, celebrates a 5-2 win with teammates following a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. The Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as the number of their players testing positive rose to 15. The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players Tuesday, July 23, 2020, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
FILE - In this Friday, July 24, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Jesus Aguilar, right, celebrates a 5-2 win with teammates following a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. The Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, Dr. Anthony Fauci said, as the number of their players testing positive rose to 15. The Marlins received positive test results for four additional players Tuesday, July 23, 2020, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
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