Cardinals have 13 positive COVID tests, more games postponed


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals will not be traveling to Detroit this week and there have been a total of 13 players and staff members test positive for COVID-19 in the last week.

The four-game series between the Cardinals and Tigers set for Tuesday through Thursday of this week has been postponed. The Cardinals will stay in Milwaukee, where they have been in self-quarantine since late last week. 

We also now know there have been 13 positive COVID-19 cases among Cardinals players and staff, since last Friday when the first two cases were reported. There are seven players and six staff members part of the team's traveling party that tested positive. 

Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told media in a video conference that five of the people who tested positive are asymptomatic, but the other eight are showing signs of the virus. He says the team's current plan is to head to St. Louis on Wednesday. 

He also addressed the report that some players went to a casino, saying there's "No factual reason to believe that is true and have not seen any proof of that."

Mozeliak when asked about reports of #STLCards players going to a casino: “No factual reason to believe that is true and have not seen any proof of that”

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) August 3, 2020

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Mozeliak says all of the players who tested positive are already back in St. Louis. 

The next Cardinals game would be against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on Friday. 

#STLCards have had 13 positives in the last week

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Here's a brief recap of what's been happening since the Cardinals last played a game on Wednesday, which was a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins:

  • Friday's Cardinals game in Milwaukee was postponed after the team learns of two positive tests. 
  • Saturday's game is also postponed after four more tests come back positive – some were players and some are staff who travel with the team.
  • There are also four other tests – a mix of players and staff – that came back with inconclusive results. They were retested. 
  • Sunday's doubleheader is postponed as the team awaits the latest round of test results. Report by ESPN says there's at least one more positive test, which could be from the person or persons who's previous tests were inconclusive.

MLB recently approved doubleheaders to be played as only seven-inning games, in an effort to help schedule more make-up games. Which it appears the Cardinals will need to take advantage of. 

Major League Baseball also announced on Monday that the "Field of Dreams" game set for later this month between the Cardinals and Chicago White Sox has been postponed to next season. 

Cardinals-White Sox game at Field of Dreams next Thursday in Dyersville, Iowa cancelled, sources tell The Athletic. Reasoning not believed to be tied to additional positive tests on Cardinals. More a logistical problem.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 3, 2020

This is a breaking news story that will be updated.

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