Fingers crossed, we should have some Cardinals baseball this weekend. And it looks like the light at the end of this tunnel will be particularly bright, as the team will promote top prospect Dylan Carlson.
The Cardinals are planning to return to the field on Saturday with a doubleheader against the White Sox in Chicago. There was originally a game scheduled for Friday, but it was pushed back. The Cardinals have had 10 players test positive for COVID-19 in their recent outbreak and have not played a game since July 29.
We will return to play this Saturday against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 14, 2020
Friday’s originally scheduled game vs. the White Sox will be made up as part of a doubleheader beginning at 1:10 PM CT. pic.twitter.com/6tQ3jDl5C6
Carlson is one of five players joining St. Louis’s Major League roster; infielder John Nogowski and pitchers Seth Elledge, Ricardo Sanchez, and Rob Kaminsky are also coming. Austin Gomber has been placed on the COVID IL, though he has not tested positive at this point. There will be a number of additional roster moves to come in the next day. The five players coming from Springfield will be bused up to Chicago, while the Cardinals have rented cars for the other players and staff members to drive up individually. Rob Rains of the StL Sports Page said the team rented 41 cars.
After a doubleheader against the White Sox on Saturday, followed by a single game on Sunday, the Cardinals are expected to play five games against the Cubs next week: a doubleheader Monday, single game Tuesday, and another doubleheader Wednesday. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted that this schedule is expected to be announced by MLB on Friday.
What I said on Fox: League working with union on setting full Cardinals schedule. Players want additional doubleheaders to create off-days. League believes STL still could get close to 60 games, and maybe even to 60 by making up doubleheader if necessary day after season ends.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 13, 2020
We will have more on the schedule changes, roster moves, and buzz surrounding Carlson on Friday and throughout the weekend. Stay tuned!