ST. LOUIS (93.7 The Fan/AP) - With COVID-19 affecting the Cardinals, the Pirates series in St. Louis has been postponed.
Major League Baseball made the decision official on Sunday evening.
10 players and seven staff members tested positive for coronavirus back in late July and recently two other players and one more staff member tested positive.
There have now been 27 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 13 games scrapped and will need to play 55 games in 46 days, meaning a lot of doubleheaders.
MLB said Sunday night that the league and the Cardinals “believe it is prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play.”
The Pirates canceled their flight to St. Louis on Saturday night, the first indication the series was in jeopardy.
“Obviously we don’t want the whole series to get canceled,” Pittsburgh catcher Jacob Stallings said before a home game against Detroit. “I think we’re grateful that we get a day off. It’s been obviously a tough stretch. Our pitching could use it. And you know, we’ve had a tough schedule to start the year, so grateful for the day off, but then also everybody doesn’t want three games canceled; we want to get those games in.”
While the situation with COVID-19 continues in St. Louis, the break gives the Pirates an opportunity to rest a much strained pitching staff.
The team will likely get Monday off and hold workouts at PNC Park Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Pirates are off to one of the worst starts in team history, going 3-13 and are currently 8.5 games out of first place.