Today’s game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park has been postponed as part of a traditional double game on Sunday, August 2.nd at 1:10 p.m. (CT). The postponement following two positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals’ organization is in line with protocols to allow sufficient time for additional testing and contact tracing to be carried out.
9h35: SportsGrid’s Craig Mish tweets that two Cardinals players have tested positive so far. Both were pitchers, Saxon adds.
9h25: Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports that if the rest of the Cardinals’ roster is negative, the series against the Brewers could still begin tomorrow. However, it is not known how many players and / or club staff have tested positive.
8h47: Tonight’s game between the Brewers and the Cardinals will be postponed due to positive Covid-19 tests within the Cardinals organization, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (Twitter links). The New York Post’s Joel Sherman adds that the Cardinals are isolating themselves in their hotel and have not been to Miller Park.
It’s a disheartening development for the league, which had previously pointed out that the current epidemic in the sport is contained within the Marlins organization. Neither the Brewers nor the Cardinals have played (or will play) the Marlins in 2020 according to the realigned schedule.
The number of positive tests will be revealing, but it’s easy to imagine widespread implications. The Brewers will obviously be directly affected, but they’re unlikely to be alone. The Cardinals just traveled to Milwaukee from Minneapolis, for example, after completing a two-game set with the Twins. Minnesota hosted the Indians last night, meaning Cleveland players and staff were in the same clubhouse that had just hosted the Cardinals. The Twins and Indians could therefore feel the impact of the Cardinals’ testing even though none of the players on either list have tested positive yet. The Pirates, whom the Cardinals played in their first series of the season, are also likely on high alert following today’s news. The Cards were due to face the Tigers next week, but as we’ve seen with the Marlins, Phillies and their future opponents, that could also be subject to change.
The hope, of course, is that the number of positives will be minimal, if not singular. Postponing a match based on a small number of positive tests would surely attract some criticism from fans, but the league would be justified in pointing to the previous Marlins outbreak as justification for not allowing a series to start afterwards. that a small number of players have tested positive. The Marlins had four positives going into this series, played all three games anyway, and yesterday they hit an impressive 17 positives among players and two on coaching / practice staff.