Updated 10:40 AM CT: Major League Baseball made an official announcement regarding the Cardinals’ positive tests and the team’s series with the Brewers. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday.
Updated 10:30 AM CT: The Cardinals have at least two positive COVID-19 tests as of Friday morning, and the game with the Brewers on Friday has been postponed. The teams hope to play a doubleheader on Sunday to make up Friday’s game, but that (of course) is subject to change. Saturday’s game has not been postponed.
If the Cardinals and Brewers do play two on Sunday, it will be the first doubleheader played with the new seven-inning rules.
Mark Saxon of The Athletic has reported that it’s two Cardinals players who have tested positive - and both are pitchers.
Source informed me of the names of the two #Cardinals positives. The Athletic has a policy of not outing positive cases without their approval, so I will honor those players’ privacy. We feel comfortable sharing this: both are pitchers.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 31, 2020
The Cardinals are being isolated to their hotel rooms in Milwaukee and will not report to Miller Park on Friday. The Brewers, however, are expected to work out today. The Cardinals are being tested again, with the results expected this afternoon.
Days removed from a COVID-19 outbreak on the Marlins that reportedly infected 16 players and two coaches, the Cardinals are making headlines of their own. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reported Friday morning that the afternoon game between the Brewers and Cardinals has been postponed due to positive tests among the Cardinals.
Sources: Cardinals had positive tests, forcing postponement— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2020
#Cardinals are remaining in their hotel room, have no plans going to ballpark today. They have been instructed into self-isolation, per source. Confirms @JonHeyman report #Brewers game vs #stlcards ppd got today. News soon @stltoday— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) July 31, 2020
We have not heard how many players and/or coaches have tested positive, but an announcement from the team is expected soon. The tests that returned positive were given on Wednesday, with the results coming in early Friday morning. The Cardinals played the Twins in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday; the Twins were set to host the Indians this weekend, but it seems as if that series is also in jeopardy.
We will update this story as we hear more.