Positive COVID-19 tests among the St. Louis Cardinals players have forced the cancellation of the team’s game at Milwaukee on Friday night, according to multiple reports.
The Cardinals finished a two-game series at Target Field on Wednesday, casting doubt on whether the Twins and Cleveland Indians will play the second game of their four-game series on Friday.
The Twins were waiting for more information as of Friday morning. The Cleveland Indians, who won Thursday night’s game 2-0, are using the visiting locker room used by the Cardinals on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The outbreak, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, includes “multiple players,” a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a potentially deadly respiratory disease, has killed more than 152,000 Americans since February.
The new cancellation brings the total of Friday games postponed to six; the Miami Marlins’ schedule has been suspended in the wake of multiple positive tests among players and staff — up to 18 players on Friday, according to a report — and this week’s Phillies’ games were been postponed because the Marlins were in Philadelphia last weekend.
The Marlins played Sunday after learning three players had just tested positive.
It wasn’t immediately known how many Cardinals players or staff members had tested positive, but a team executive confirmed to a St. Louis television station that the team was “not going to the ballpark” on Friday.