Photo: The Canadian PressMiller Park is seen on Tuesday July 28, 2020 in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Brewers are scheduled to host their home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, July 31, 2020 (AP Photo / Morry Gash)
The coronavirus forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season.
Friday’s game between St. Louis and Milwaukee has been postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for the coronavirus.
The league announced the schedule change a few hours before the start of the game. He said the postponement to Milwaukee was “in accordance with protocols to allow sufficient time for further testing and contact tracing to be carried out.” ”
The Cardinals said in a statement that they learned of positive tests on samples taken Wednesday evening on Thursday. Players and staff have been instructed to self-isolate in their Milwaukee hotel rooms, and the club did not leave the hotel for Miller Park on Friday.
“The team is currently doing rapid tests on the entire group of travelers, has implemented contact tracing and will continue to self-isolate,” the team said.
The Brewers and Cardinals plan to resume their schedules Saturday night at Miller Park, awaiting test and contact tracing results, and catch up on Friday’s game in a Sunday double.
“We support Major League Baseball’s decision to postpone today’s game and look forward to playing our home opener as soon as conditions allow,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. in a press release. “The health and safety of our players and employees is, and will continue to be, our top priority. ”
Two more games scheduled for Friday between the Marlins, Nationals, Blue Jays and Phillies had already been postponed due to an epidemic among Miami players and two positive tests on Philadelphia coaching staff.
The Cardinals played in Minnesota Tuesday and Wednesday before a scheduled day off Thursday. The Twins hosted Cleveland Thursday night and the Indians used the same clubhouse as St. Louis.
It is not certain that the Indians and the Twins will move forward with their game scheduled for Friday night. Cleveland planned to hold a team meeting in the early afternoon to discuss the situation.
A week after the start of its shortened season against the virus of 60 games in 67 days, Major League Baseball is scrambling to adjust its schedule.
The Marlins haven’t played since Sunday, and the Miami situation has also led to schedule changes for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.
Miami learned on Friday that another player had tested positive, bringing his total to 18 players and two staff, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made, said none of the Marlins showed severe symptoms.
The infected Marlins left Philadelphia on sleeper buses on Friday to return to Miami, where they will remain together in quarantine, the person said. The trip is expected to take around 18 hours.
The rest of the squad will spend the weekend in isolation in Philadelphia, where the Marlins have been stranded since the start of their outbreak. We don’t know when or where they will play next time.
Officials feared the Marlins’ last positive test result came five days after the team’s last meeting when the Marlins beat Philadelphia.
To help make up for any postponements, the MLB and the Players Union agreed on Thursday that the doubles this season will become a pair of games in seven innings, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity as there was no announcement.
The Brewers have never hosted a double head at Miller Park, which has a retractable roof. The last twinbill in Milwaukee was on September 23, 2000 against the Pirates at Milwaukee County Stadium.