There has been much speculation as to which players among the St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19. Today on his Instagram, Yadier Molina has given us some idea with the announcement that he is one of the 13 people within the Cardinals organization with COVID-19.
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Buen dia! Me entristece haber dado positivo por COVID-19, incluso después de haber seguido con las recomendaciones de prevención. Haré todo lo que esté a mi alcance para regresar lo antes posible para los fanáticos de los Cardenales, la ciudad de San Luis y mis compañeros de equipo. A medida que me recupero, solicito que respeten mi privacidad y la de mi familia durante mi ausencia del equipo. Bendiciones!
Good morning! I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after following the prevention recommendations. I will do everything in my power to get back as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates. As I recover, I ask that you respect my privacy during my absence from the team. Blessings!
The Cardinals have traced the outbreak to prior to the team’s travel from St. Louis to Minnesota and believe the virus possibly spread on the plane trip over. Per Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
#stlcards trace outbreak back to STL, infected person possibly on team plane, and saw potential scope when contact tracing put players nearby each other, though Mozeliak did not identify where a bottleneck happened. Eight of the 13 have some mild symptoms https://t.co/rxtFvFbQz2— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) August 3, 2020
The Cardinals have also announced five other players, with their permission, that have tested positive for COVID-19, a list that includes shortstop Paul DeJong:
We are aware that Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Junior Fernández, Rangel Ravelo, Edmundo Sosa and Kodi Whitley have tested positive for COVID-19.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 4, 2020
All six individuals made the decision to grant permission in order to release this information. pic.twitter.com/tqjcG6SNx0
Here’s to wishing Yadi and all the other players and personnel that have contracted the virus a swift and speedy recovery.
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Note: The casino rumor has yet to be corroborated and is entirely speculation at this point. In fact, the team has denied the trip occurred. It is also alleged to have happened after the team arrived in Minnesota, which does not fit into the timeline of the outbreak.