The Cardinals quest to take the field for practice has been a compelling one in recent days. Several postponements were the subject of much attention. With the pandemic still raging on around us, the delays brought many questions to folks’ minds. The first delay happened Monday evening, but the club was quickly able to reschedule:
Workout now scheduled for 6-9:30 p.m. CDT. https://t.co/YH2X4dQil4— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 6, 2020
The Cardinals were looking to add players to the roster, but had wait on testing results.
Mo says the #stlcards will be adding players to camp. Those players are testing today, will be announced tomorrow.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) July 6, 2020
'A little frustration in our camp as far as getting test results,' says Mozeliak as they announce they'll have no workouts Monday at Busch Stadium. Start fresh tomorrow. He's making this announcement to STL media in a conference call. #Cardinals #stlcards #MLB— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) July 6, 2020
On Tuesday, the practice was delayed again, seemingly due to testing results.
The #Cardinals sent a text to local media a little while ago saying they had an 11 a.m. workout, then a follow-up text 14 minutes later saying it has been delayed. No reason given yet.— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) July 7, 2020
#stlcards were in fact delayed by testing results and not weather, per Mo. Waited for results from the weekend before they got back on the field. All tests came back negative.— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) July 8, 2020
Testing is going to be a key element to safely conducting a baseball season. It is a little alarming that so far in this limited setting that is hosting a practice that it has been taking so long to get test results.
The Cardinals were able to practice though, and add players to the roster.
#STLCards have been cleared to hold workouts this evening at Busch Stadium.— Anne Rogers (@anne__rogers) July 7, 2020
Carlos Martínez has been cleared. Alex Reyes is not here tonight. #stlcards— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) July 8, 2020
#Cardinals POBO Mozeliak says all the tests they got back were negative for COVID-19. That allowed a new group of players to join: Martinez, Z. Thompson, Kaminsky, and Elledge. We've seen Junior Fernandez as well. Alex Reyes, still pending, is not yet in camp. #MLB— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) July 8, 2020
Overall it is good news that the mini-outbreak the Cardinals saw on one of their flights appears to be contained to just the two players. It still remains to be seen if baseball is going to be able to safely pull off this season. It is early, but if that is to be the case, the turnaround on testing is going to have to speed up. This is just practice, man.