Cardinals-Cubs series postponed after additional positive COVID-19 tests


ST. LOUIS – The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two other Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

Major League Baseball has announced that the whole weekend is over. Hours earlier, MLB said Friday night’s game was scrapped to ensure everyone affected by the Cardinals was identified.

There have been 24 games postponed in the majors this season due to coronavirus concerns.

St. Louis missed 10 games while Miami and Philadelphia each had seven deferrals. In order to complete this shortened season’s 60-game schedule, the Cardinals will need to play 55 games in 49 games when they return to the field.

The Cardinals have been out since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight Saint-Louis players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine at a Milwaukee hotel before finally being allowed to return to St. Louis on Tuesday evening, when they returned negative tests for the second day in a row. They had home practice sessions and were ready to return to the field on Friday.

St. Louis’s next game is scheduled for Monday at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs are scheduled to play in Cleveland on Tuesday.

The MLB released its most recent test numbers on Friday. The league said 13,043 samples were taken last week with 13 positive results for a positive rate of 0.1%. During the surveillance phase, 53,826 bulk samples returned 71 positives for a positive rate of 0.1%. Of these 71 positive results, 49 are players and 22 are employees.

Among the players who confirmed they tested positive for COVID-19 were a pair of All-Stars in Molina and Paul DeJong.

Prior to Friday’s postponement, the Cardinals had already added three doubles against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up for their three games postponed last weekend. Milwaukee will host doubles on September 18 and 20 and serve as the home team in the first game of a twinbill in St. Louis on September 25.

The Cardinals make up this week’s series against the Detroit Tigers with doubles on August 13 and September 10. St. Louis was scheduled to face the Chicago White Sox at Field of Dreams in Iowa on August 13. These teams will play in Chicago on August 14 instead.


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