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The Cardinals will play on Friday; A timeline of events during the Cardinals COVID-19 testing - A Hunt and Peck

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A lot of stuff has happened in the past week or so. In order to sort through it all, let’s just get right to it, in order, please.

It all actually starts on...

Sunday, July 12

Some Cardinals players attend an outdoor drive-in social distant Nelly concert at the Hollywood Casino AMPHITHEATER, formerly the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, formerly UMB Bank Pavilion, formerly Riverport...

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Watching a Lou Legend @nelly #weallwegot

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Fast forward to....

Monday, July 27

The Miami Marlins are riddled with coronavirus. Nearly 20 people in the Marlins organization end up testing positive. The Cardinals have an off day as they travel to Minnesota.

14 Miami Marlins test positive for COVID-19 after MLB opening weekend - A Hunt and Peck | Viva El Birdos

Tuesday, July 28

Miles Mikolas will likely be out for the season with a forearm strain. Carlos Martínez allows six runs against the Twins in Cardinals loss.

Miles Mikolas goes to 10 day Injured List - A Hunt and Peck | Viva El Birdos

Carlos Martínez struggles in return to rotation | St. Louis Cardinals

Martinez Gets Crushed for Six Runs as Cards Lose 6-3 to the Twins | Viva El Birdos

Wednesday, July 29

Daniel Ponce De Leon takes a spot start in place of Mikolas and Cardinals lost again to the Twins.

Game 5 of 60: Twins “Minnesota Nice,” Gently Blank Cards 3-0 | Viva El Birdos

Thursday, July 30

Cardinals have another day off and travel to Milwaukee. Major League Baseball decides doubleheader games will be seven innings.

Friday, July 31

The Cardinals were supposed to play the Brewers, but the game is postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test. The team still plans on playing Saturday and doubleheader on Sunday.

Another player tests positive:

The Marlins outbreak is found to be due to a lapse in protocol:

Saturday, August 1

The Cardinals have more positive tests. Saturday’s game is postponed.

Speculation begins about how the Cardinals contracted the virus:

The Casino Rumor™ starts swirling.

Lorenzo Cain drops out of the season.

Sunday, August 2

The Cardinals doubleheader against the Brewers is postponed.

There are more positive tests.

Players find ways to pass the time in quarantine.

The Cardinals deny any violation of protocol.

Yoenis Céspedes opts out of the season.

Monday, August 3

The Cardinals game against the Tigers is postponed.

The Field of Dreams game is canceled.

Tuesday, August 4

The entire series against the Tigers is postponed.

The total number of positive tests reaches seven players, six staffers for 13 total.

The Cardinals once again deny the completely unfounded and unverified casino rumor.

The Cardinals trace the initial contraction to prior to travelling to Minnesota and the outbreak to travelling on the team plane.

The Cardinals have no more new positives besides the initial 13.

The Cardinals announce six of the seven positive players.

The seventh player is identified when the Cardinals moved him to the Injured List.

The Cardinals are cleared to travel to Chicago.

Wednesday, August 5

The Cardinals travel to Chicago.

From Dexter Fowler’s Instagram story @dexterfowler

The Cardinals establish stricter social distancing measures.

Major League Baseball also establishes stricter social distancing measures.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch confirms with Minnesota casino that no St. Louis Cardinals were there. The Casino Rumor™ appeared to have been fueled by the July 12 outdoor drive in socially-distanced Nelly concert at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater that is in not an actual casino.

Facts refute claims Cardinals got COVID-19 at casino | Derrick Goold: Bird Land |

Thursday, August 6

The Cardinals hold a practice in Chicago. The team has not played a game since Wednesday, July 29. Nine games were postponed while the team was confined to the haunted Milwaukee hotel.

Friday, August 7