The St. Louis Cardinals’ return to action has been pushed back yet again.
Major League Baseball announced Monday that the Cardinals’ doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed, meaning the earliest the Cards could return to action would be Friday. They last played July 29 and have had 13 games postponed.
From the league’s announcement: “MLB and the Club believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More information regarding the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later in the week.”
On Sunday, the Cardinals’ three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates that was scheduled to begin on Monday night in St. Louis was postponed on Sunday, the league announced.
That is the fourth straight Cardinals series postponed following a coronavirus outbreak that has resulted in nine players and seven staff members testing positive. The doubleheader scheduled for Thursday was a partial make-up for one of those series.
The Cardinals had been cleared to host the Chicago Cubs this weekend at Busch Stadium after going three days without a positive test. However, the entire series was swiftly postponed Friday when three more members of the team tested positive.
President of baseball operations John Mozeliak acknowledged Friday that he’s uncertain what the Cardinals’ future holds after it appeared the team had turned the corner.
John Mozeliak, #STLCards president: “I don’t know what our future looks like at this point. For all of the optimism we had a couple days ago, it’s frustrating for everyone involved.’’— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 8, 2020
St. Louis has not played since losing 3-0 to the Minnesota Twins on July 29. If they’re cleared to play this weekend, the Cardinals would then travel to Chicago for back-to-back three-game series against the White Sox and Cubs.
So far, MLB is hoping to make up every game that has been postponed this season. On Thursday, the league sent out a revised schedule that had the Cardinals playing 55 games in 53 days in order to complete the 60-game season.
Keep in mind, that was before the Cubs series was canceled. If the Cardinals lose another series or another full week, there’s no conceivable way they will play 60 games in that timeframe.
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