Nationals players vote against Miami games this week: report

FILE PHOTO: Jul 27, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez (M) watches with players and coaches in the dugout against the Toronto Blue Jays in the ninth inning at Nationals Park./ Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - The majority of players on the Washington Nationals has voted against going to South Florida for upcoming games against the Miami Marlins, a club dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak among players, according to a report on Tuesday.

Since the Marlins outbreak, the “vast majority” of players on the reigning World Series champion Nationals voted against heading to Miami for a three-game series that begins on Friday, according to sports news website The Athletic.

The ultimate decision is up to Major League Baseball.

Four additional Marlins players tested positive for COVID-19, media reports said on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases within the to 17 over the last five days.

The Marlins, who opened their season on Friday with a three-game series in Philadelphia, were supposed to host the Baltimore Orioles on Monday and Tuesday, but both games were postponed by MLB.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Cynthia Osterman