With another positive test, the St. Louis Cardinals’ shutdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak will take place at least Wednesday, as the league announced on Sunday that this week’s three games against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium have been postponed.
St. Louis has only played five games – none since July 29 – and the closure of that series brings the team’s total to 15 postponed games.
The team announced outfielder Lane Thomas tested positive, bringing the club’s total to 10 players and seven staff.
“In light of the most recent positive test results, MLB and the club believe it is prudent to conduct further testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play.” Major League Baseball said in a statement on Sunday.
Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said there had been “a few emergency room visits” among players and staff.
St. Louis is set to face the Tigers in Detroit on Thursday – game makeup postponed on Aug. 4 and 5 – before traveling to Chicago for a three-game series against the White Sox this weekend.
If the Cardinals return to the pitch on Thursday, they will have spent 15 days between games and will only have 46 days to play the remaining 55 games on the schedule.