The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, said they had no new positive results in yesterday’s testing. Players have been allowed access to Citizens Bank Park for staggered training sessions starting in the afternoon.
Those with knowledge of the situation of the Cardinals and Marlins approached the PA on condition of anonymity as the tests had not been made public.
Two Cardinals players were flagged for testing positive on Friday, forcing the series opener in Milwaukee to be called off. The teams had hoped to resume play on Saturday and catch up with Friday’s game in a doubles match on Sunday.
The Cardinals learned their first two positive tests Thursday night from samples taken Wednesday before a game in Minnesota. Players and staff have been instructed to self-isolate in their hotel rooms, and the club said they are carrying out rapid testing and contact tracing.
Saturday’s game in Milwaukee is the 17th postponement caused by the coronavirus in the first 10 days of baseball’s truncated 60-game season.
At least 21 members of the Marlins’ travel party were infected with an outbreak at the start of a season opening trip. The team haven’t played since Sunday in Philadelphia but hope to resume games next week.
Diaz has always tested negative while the season was on hold, but he decided to become the first Miami player to retire. He played two of the Marlins’ three games before their season was cut short.
“It’s been a tough week to see so many of my teammates catch this virus and see how quickly it spreads,” Díaz wrote on Instagram. “After a lot of deliberation and thought, I made the difficult choice to step down for the remainder of the 2020 season.”
Diaz beat .173 as a rookie last year, but the organization has high hopes for his potential.
The infected Marlins players and staff left Philadelphia on sleeper buses Friday for Miami, where they will remain in quarantine together. The rest of the team remained in isolation at a Philadelphia hotel.
With six teams inactive by the pandemic on Friday, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols.
Manfred and Clark have spoken about what needs to be done to end the season, a person familiar with the conversation said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
The conversation between Manfred and Clark, first reported by ESPN, comes amid mounting evidence that the spread of the infection threatens to overtake efforts to play ball.
“Some things don’t look very good right now, but we have to play until this point. The players see what can happen, ”said Houston manager Dusty Baker.
The Phillies-Blue Jays series in Philadelphia was one of two weekend series canceled earlier. The Marlins have been hit by a virus outbreak in Philadelphia, and Miami and the Phillies are sidelined for at least a week.
The schedules for the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles have also been scrambled. Cleveland players and staff spoke of postponing Friday night’s game at Minnesota, but continued. The Cardinals had played at Target Field on Wednesday, a day before the Indians arrived.
Seiner reported from New York, Wine from Miami.
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