Cardinals-Cubs Series Opener Postponed
The St. Louis Cardinals were scheduled to host the Chicago Cubs on Friday night in St. Louis, but that game has been postponed by Major League Baseball.
The postponement comes after an unidentified member of the St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19.
A source from MLB confirmed to ESPN that the status of the remaining three games in the series was also in jeopardy. The league will schedule additional testing for members of the Cardinals team and organization to determine if the disease has spread to other players.
St. Louis has not played since July 29 because of the pandemic, and they have now had eight players and six members of the organization test positive for COVID-19. A three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers and a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers was canceled last week.
The Cardinals were cleared by the league to travel back to St. Louis from Milwaukee on Tuesday, and they held a light workout on Wednesday. A positive test was confirmed on Friday morning, and the league immediately moved to cancel the game.
All-Stars Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong were two of the players to test positive last week, and all of those affected had already returned home in private vehicles. Major League Baseball was hopeful that this would end the spread amongst the organization, but that apparently is not the case.
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball announced that the Cardinals would attempt to make up all of the postponed games in an effort to play a full schedule this season. If this entire series is canceled, it will not allow the team to have enough time to play all 60 games.
It’s unclear if the Chicago Cubs will remain in St. Louis throughout the weekend, or will be allowed to return to Chicago. The Cubs are off to a 10-3 start this season to take a commanding lead in the National League Central.
Staffer Charged in Death of Skaggs
A former member of the Los Angeles Angels organization has been charged in the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. Skaggs died in a hotel room last year while the team was in Arlington to play the Texas Rangers.
Eric Kay was the former director of communications for the Los Angeles Angels, and he has been charged by the Drug Enforcement Agency for supplying illegal drugs to Skaggs. According to court records, Skaggs sent a text message to Kay on the night of his death, asking him to deliver some pills to his room.
Skaggs had fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his system according to the autopsy reports, and overdose was listed as the cause of death. The Skaggs family announced after the autopsy that an ongoing investigation was underway against a member of the Angels organization.
The Los Angeles Angels issued a statement on Friday, noting that they fully cooperated with local and federal law enforcement agencies during the investigation. The team dismissed Kay after conducting their own investigation last summer, and it was revealed that inappropriate conduct had occurred.
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