Statement from R-Phils

The first two games of series between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Reading Fightin' Phils have been postponed. 

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats’ first two games of a series in Reading, Pa., were postponed because of COVID-19.

The games scheduled for Tuesday night and 11 a.m. Wednesday were listed as postponed on the Fisher Cats’ website. The series, scheduled to be six games, is set to run through Sunday.

The Reading Fightin Phils posted a statement on their website that the postponements are “to allow for additional testing and contact tracing of members” of the Fisher Cats organization.

“We are adhering to Minor League Baseball’s health and safety protocols and will practice caution as we follow the guidance of experts,” the organization said.

The postponements come after the Fisher Cats’ doubleheader on Sunday against the Portland Sea Dogs at Delta Dental Stadium was canceled. The two games will not be made up.

On social media, the Sea Dogs said the testing involved “members of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats organization.”

The Fisher Cats on Twitter said the testing and contact tracing did not involve fans, front office members or game day staff.

The Fisher Cats were scheduled to play six games against the Fightin’ Phils at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, Pa., with the series ending Sunday.

The Fisher Cats are scheduled to finish their season with a six-game home series against the Harrisburg Senators from Sept. 14-19.

The Sea Dogs’ next three games against Binghamton were canceled because of COVID-19 issues among the Fisher Cats and Rumble Ponies.

Binghamton’s entire six-game series this past week against Richmond was canceled because of COVID-19.

Other minor league baseball teams have been struggling with COVID-19 issues this season, a year after the entire minor league season was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This weekend, the Class A Spokane (Wash.) Indians canceled two games “due to COVID-19 concerns” involving the team.

In late July and early August, at least four games involving the Class A Clearwater (Fla.) Threshers were canceled after a COVID-19 outbreak at the team’s training complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

The cancellations leave the Sea Dogs with 10 games remaining. They’re 1½ games behind Somerset and one game behind Bowie in a three-way race for the second playoff spot in Double-A Northeast.

Portland is now scheduled to begin its final homestand on Thursday night against Binghamton.

Material from the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, was used in this story.