Pirates-Reds Series Postponed After Cincinnati Player Tests Positive


A Cincinnati Reds player has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the postponement of Pirates-Reds games in Cincinnati on Saturday and Sunday, MLB announced on Saturday morning.

The Reds were informed of the positive test Friday night, and the postponement of the games on Saturday and Sunday was to allow for additional testing to be performed through contact tracing, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman, who added that remaining tests on both teams came back negative.

The new case, first reported by MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, is the Reds' first known positive since infielder Matt Davidson tested positive late last month, which prompted several of his teammates into precautionary isolation.

The shortened MLB season has seen two clubs -- the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals -- affected by team-wide outbreaks already, costing them long stretches of action and altering the schedules of several other teams who where slated to play against them.

Miami has since returned to action, while St. Louis was scheduled to take the field on Saturday for a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox after more than two weeks on the sidelines.

With the return of the Cardinals, Saturday would have marked the first time all 30 MLB teams had played on the same day in 2020.

The Reds won Friday night's game against the Pirates in Cincinnati.