Cardinals cleared to travel, return to field after latest round of coronavirus tests

The St. Louis Cardinals finally received good news on Tuesday.

According to general manager John Mozeliak, the team has been cleared to travel home from Milwaukee and return to the field this weekend after the latest round of coronavirus tests revealed no new positives.

The Cardinals have been quarantining in Milwaukee since Friday after learning of two positive COVID-19 tests in the traveling party from Minnesota.

Their weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers was subsequently postponed and this week’s scheduled series against the Detroit Tigers was also postponed after additional testing revealed seven players — including Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong — and six staff members had tested positive.

The Cardinals are now in line to resume their season this Friday at Busch Stadium against the Chicago Cubs. But a tall task awaits them as they’ll have to play 55 games in 52 days to complete the season.

The Cardinals receiving clearance comes on the heels of the Miami Marlins return to action Tuesday night in Baltimore. Like the Cardinals, the Marlins have reported no new positive tests over the last 48 hours after a breakout that led to 18 players testing positive.

Granted, there’s still a long way to go, but it’s possible the 2020 season has cleared its first major hurdle.

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