ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals have the eyes of the baseball world on them right now, after 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.
Six of those players allowed their names to be released by the team: Catcher Yadier Molina, infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, and Rangel Ravelo, and pitchers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley.
The players who tested positive are now placed on the COVID-19 Related Injured List – which is different from the MLB's injury list because there's no set minimum days the player must stay on the list (i.e. 10-day or 60-day). They'll be on the list until they prove their health to team doctors and pass a few other tests.
Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak talked briefly about the process on Monday:
"Overall I think we can withstand this. A lot of this is going to be how long does it take for someone to return. These are all unknowns, it’s not like a sprained ankle when you might have an idea when someone is coming to be back. Every day, I always say we’re learning as we go," Mozeliak says. "I believe you have to be out seven days, then you have to have the two negatives and then you also have to pass some cardio exam as well."
These rules were created on a team-by-team basis. The 2020 Operations Manual – a 101-page document detailing the league's health and safety protocols released in June after being agreed on by the MLB Player's Association – does not give a set plan for all 30 teams.
Here's what it does say: