Sunday, Derrick Goold of the Saint-Louis post-expedition reported that the Cardinals had four inconclusive tests on Saturday (one player and three staff), and these would be in addition to the already known positive tests. Sunday’s test results are due later today, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan adds that several new positives are “expected.”
The Cardinals are scheduled to play four games against the Tigers in Detroit from Tuesday to Thursday, including a double on Wednesday, the league said. It’s unclear how Sunday’s test results will affect the Cardinals’ schedule at this time.
The Miami Marlins had four players tested positive last weekend, and that number has risen to 18 over the week. The CDC estimates that the incubation process for COVID-19 can take anywhere from two to 14 days, with the median time being five days. New infections are therefore recorded with a lag.
According to comments Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed to union leader Tony Clark, the Major League Baseball season was in jeopardy as the weekend entered. ESPN’s Jeff Passan suggested the season could be dropped as early as Monday. Another team-wide outbreak, or even the suspicion of one, within 10 days could leave Manfred with no other choice.
Another concern is whether the Cardinals spread the disease to the Minnesota Twins, their opponents and their hosts earlier this week. The Twins did not test positive and were on the court for a four-game series against Cleveland that started Thursday. If there is good news in this regard, it is that team-to-team transmission during a match seems unlikely.
Based on what is known about how COVID-19 is transmitted, the riskiest efforts involve individuals spending an extended period of time at intimate distances amid a crowd in an enclosed or poorly setting. ventilated. In other words, not outside on the pitch, where players are widely spaced and rarely close to each other for long periods of time.
The Philadelphia Phillies, who have played a series against the Marlins, have yet to have a positive player test, the team announced on Saturday.