The St. Louis Cardinals will remain idle for the next few days due to a worsening coronavirus outbreak within the squad.
The Athletic’s Mark Saxon tweeted that the Cardinals are not traveling to play the Detroit Tigers after discovering additional positive virus cases.
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MLB insider Jon Heyman also reported that at least 13 people in the St. Louis traveling party have tested positive over the past week.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal added that the Field of Dreams game between the Cardinals and Chicago White Sox scheduled for Aug. 13 is off.
MLB game Postponements: The Cardinals haven’t played since last Wednesday due to the virus outbreak.
Heyman and others have reported some players broke MLB health and safety protocols and recently visited a casino. It’s unknown when the Cardinals will be permitted to return to action.
MLB game Postponements
The Miami Marlins experienced an outbreak within its traveling team after some players were allegedly “careless” following an exhibition game versus the Atlanta Braves.
Major League Baseball’s season is three weeks old, but the schedule has been changed multiple times due to coronavirus outbreaks on two teams. The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals have both dealt with team-wide outbreaks. Miami was sidelined for more than a week before resuming play, while St. Louis has not been on the field since July 29.
The Cardinals outbreak grew last weekend, and it prevented the team from taking the field this week. However, the Cardinals are set to return to play on Saturday against the White Sox after having their Friday series opener postponed.
As of Thursday, 30 different MLB (MLB game Postponements) games impacting a total of 11 teams had been postponed due to COVID-19 cases. The Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader was scheduled after the St. Louis outbreak as an attempt to make up already-postponed games. Two games in the St. Louis-Detroit series have technically been postponed twice.
Here is the full list of postponed games and their original dates:
- Marlins-Orioles four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)
- Yankees-Phillies four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)
- Marlins-Nationals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
- Phillies-Blue Jays three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
- Brewers-Cardinals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)
- Cardinals-Tigers four-game series (Aug. 3-6)
- Cardinals-Cubs three-game series (Aug. 7-9)
- Cardinals-Pirates three-game series (Aug. 10-12)
- Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader (Aug. 13)
- Cardinals-White Sox series opener (Aug. 14)
“The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind,” MLB said in a statement. “The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts. The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care.”