'I don't know what our future looks like': 2 more Cardinals players test positive


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Three more positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals organization have caused the weekend series vs the Chicago Cubs to be postponed. 

Pitcher Ryan Helsley and outfielder Austin Dean both tested positive as well as an unnamed staff member. Helsley had a low grade fever, but the other two were asymptomatic.

"I don't know what our future looks like at this point," Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak told the media Friday evening. "For all the optimism we had a couple days ago, it's frustrating for everyone involved."

Through contact tracing, Mozeliak said the team believes the new positive individuals were likely infected in Milwaukee. 

All members of the traveling party and anyone who had access to the clubhouse yesterday are now quarantining. 

On Monday, the Cardinals confirmed 13 members of its traveling party has tested positive for the virus in the previous week. The Cardinals had seven games postponed due to the outbreak. 

The Cubs are the only team in baseball to not have a positive COVID-19 test since intake testing took place before day one of Summer Camp.

The Cardinals had five doubleheaders added to its schedule to accommodate for the seven games missed last week against the Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers.

Since arriving in St. Louis, the team had two practices at Busch Stadium and have been tested every day.

Before Friday's postponement, the Cardinals were scheduled to play 55 games in 52 days to complete a 60-game season. 

The #STLCards, even if they are permitted to resume play Saturday against the #Cubs, must play 55 games in 51 days. If the entire series is postponed, it's 55 games in 49 days. #Brutal.

— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 7, 2020

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