ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt shared that Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith texted coach Willie McGee and said "he has got a couple of innings left in him" to replace Paul DeJong at shortstop since he will be out after testing positive for coronavirus. The Cardinals backup shortstop Edmundo Sosa was also one of the players that tested positive for COVID-19.
Shildt joked that they could have the 65-year-old shortstop – who won 13 Gold Gloves – move through the COVID-19 testing intake process quicker than most to be ready to play.
“The Red Jacket might get you less than 5 (days)," Shildt says, in reference to the red sports coat that is given to all Cardinals Hall of Famers. "I think you take a test and wait two days and he would be ready.”
“He’d probably feel pretty good about his own positioning,” Shildt said.
On Monday, the Cardinals announced 13 people (seven players and six staff members) on the team's travel party tested positive for COVID-19. Only the Miami Marlins have reported more cases to this point in the shortened season.