The St. Louis Cardinals will need one more day before they are ready to take the field. MLB is expected to postpone the Cardinals’ game Friday, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown. The team is expected to return to play with a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
The Cardinals have not played since July 29 due to a coronavirus outbreak. At least 16 members of the Cardinals’ organization have tested positive for coronavirus. The team has only played 5 games this season.
While it looked at those the Cardinals would return to play Aug. 7, the team revealed more positive tests. MLB decided to postpone the team’s series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The league also postponed a doubleheader between the Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers that was scheduled for Thursday.
The Cardinals were initially expected to open the series with the White Sox on Friday, but it appears that will wait until Saturday.
Why was Friday’s Cardinals game postponed?
The Cardinals’ coronavirus tests have reportedly been “encouraging” the past couple days, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Friday’s postponement is more to allow the team to get in an extra workout since it hasn’t played a game since July.
#stlcards still need to get their workouts in and have been aiming for today. #MLB has wanted to find a way to get them on the field at least two days. They've had four consecutive days of test results coming back encouraging, as @BNightengale notes. https://t.co/ldakafF5oO— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) August 13, 2020
Buster Olney of ESPN, however, reports another staffer has tested positive for coronavirus.
Source: Another staffer on the Cardinals has tested positive, but the team continues to work toward a return to action. The team may bring back Jose Oquendo to coach third base. Players may drive rental cars individual to Chicago to play vs. CWS this weekend.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 13, 2020
Despite that, the team is still working toward getting back on the field. Olney mentions players may drive rental cars to Chicago to play against the White Sox.
With all the postponements, the Cardinals now have to make up 55 games over the next 40 or so days. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said it’s possible for the team to play a “credible” number of games, but that getting to 60 is going to be difficult.
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