COVID-19 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League Baseball was forced to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak after just one weekend of regular-season games, and now they are being forced to deal with another potential outbreak.
According to sources, four players from the St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the league to postpone Friday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.
This was supposed to be the home opener for the Milwaukee Brewers, but now the entire weekend series appears to be in jeopardy. The Brewers will hold a team workout on Friday while they wait for the official word from the team.
St. Louis is self-isolating in its hotel in Milwaukee, and never made it to Miller Park. The league will now test every member of the Cardinals traveling party to determine the next course of action.
The Cardinals just finished up a two-game road trip to Minnesota earlier this week, and that could affect the Twins’ schedule as well. Minnesota hosted the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, and the Indians shared the same clubhouse that the Cardinals recently used.
The two positive tests from the St. Louis Cardinals are the first two positive tests that the league has seen outside of the East Coast. The hope is that the virus is contained to those two players that tested positive, and the Cardinals can begin playing again as early as Saturday. The hope is that Friday’s postponed game can be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.
Now that the Brewers-Cardinals game has been canceled on Friday, 20 percent of Major League Baseball games have been postponed on this date. The league was anticipating having to deal with the virus at some point, but it’s been a rough week for Major League Baseball.
Marlins Busing Players Back to Miami
The Miami Marlins now have 18 of their 33 players in the travel party that have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the team to find a way to get those infected back to Miami. A pair of coaches have also tested positive, running the total to 20.
The team is renting multiple sleeper buses to take those infected with COVID-19 back to Miami from Philadelphia. The rest of the traveling party is expected to stay in Philadelphia, where they have remained since last weekend.
Every member of the Marlins traveling party is undergoing daily testing, but the number continues to climb. Miami is supposed to resume their season at home against Philadelphia on Tuesday, but that remains up in the air.
The league shut down the Marlins for an entire week, and the outbreak has also affected several other teams throughout the league. It’s unclear if or when the Marlins will make up the canceled games, but the league is expected to shift the schedule.
It appears likely that the Marlins will play the Phillies in Philadelphia, and then take buses to New York to take on the Mets later next week. Miami is trying to find a way to fill out its roster with minor league players, or by signing free agents that remain on the market.
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