According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, at least four more Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to at least six.
Between four and six additional Cardinals have tested positive, a source tells The Athletic. Another postponement tonight would appear likely. On it: @CraigMish.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2020
According to The Athletic’s Mark Saxon, most of the positives are staff members.
Of the four new positives on the #Cardinals that I can confirm, three are staff. One is a player.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 1, 2020
What happens now?
The reminder of the Cardinals-Brewers series has now officially been postponed.
Amid the new St. Louis positive tests for COVID-19, today’s Cardinals-Brewers game has been postponed, a source tells ESPN, confirming the @JonHeyman report.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2020
No surprise, but both ends of the scheduled Cardinals-Brewers doubleheader Sunday have officially been postponed, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 1, 2020
Their Sunday doubleheader was a makeup for Friday’s game. It’s possible Cardinals games beyond this weekend will also be affected. 20 percent of the league was out of action on Friday due to COVID-19 related issues (Cardinals, Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals), and that will also be the case on Saturday and Sunday.
These positive tests are definitely not welcome news for commissioner Rob Manfred, who reportedly warned the MLB Players Association on Friday that MLB could shut down as soon as Monday if the number of positive tests continued to increase and players didn’t start taking the safety regulations seriously. While some teams have been vigilant in following the protocols, some have been seen spitting and high fiving, which is not allowed in the protocols.
Good news for Marlins, Phillies
Nearly a week after MLB’s COVID-19 nightmare began with the Marlins and Phillies, there’s finally a little good news for those teams. The Phillies announced on Saturday morning that there were no new positive tests among players or staff, so the players would finally be allowed back into Citizens Bank Park for staggered workouts.
The Phillies haven’t played since July 26, the day that three Marlins players tested positive and MLB allowed their game to be played. The two teams have been self-isolating ever since, and while the Phillies saw just three positives (one coach and two staff members), 18 Marlins players would test positive by Friday.
The Marlins have not made an official announcement about their most recent round of testing, but Jon Heyman reported that it turned up no new positives.
There are no new Marlins positives from yesterday’s tests. They are holding at 18 positives.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 1, 2020
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