Yankees-Mets series postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests

FILE PHOTO: Jul 31, 2020; Bronx, New York, USA; 2020 home opener for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - This weekend’s three-game series between the visiting New York Yankees and crosstown rivals New York Mets has been postponed due to two positive tests for COVID-19, Major League Baseball said on Friday.

MLB said in a statement the games were postponed out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be performed within the Mets’ organization.

The Mets returned home from Florida on Thursday where the final game of their four-game series versus the Miami Marlins was postponed because of the positive tests.

The individuals that tested positive, reportedly a player and a staff member, along with those traced to be within close contact remained in Miami overnight on Thursday.

The Mets’ home ballpark is a short walk from the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, where a warm-up tennis event ahead of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open is already underway.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Chadband