Car­di­nals’ game off in Mil­wau­kee

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Six ma­jor league teams were idle Fri­day be­cause of the coron­avirus, with a Car­di­nal­sBrew­ers game the lat­est to be post­poned as a spread of in­fec­tion threat­ened to over­take ef­forts to play ball.

The Brew­ers’ home opener at Miller Park, above, was called off hours be­fore the first pitch af­ter two Car­di­nals play­ers tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19.

“TV Show sug­ges­tions please,” tweeted Car­di­nals ace Jack Fla­herty, one of an in­creas­ing num­ber of play­ers who found them­selves with un­ex­pected free time as the post­pone­ments mounted.

The Car­di­nals said in a state­ment they learned Thurs­day about pos­i­tive tests from sam­ples col­lected Wed­nes­day. Play­ers and staff were in­structed to iso­late at the ho­tel.

“The team is cur­rently con­duct­ing rapid test­ing of the en­tire trav­el­ing party, has im­ple­mented con­tact trac­ing, and will con­tinue to self-iso­late,” the Car­di­nals said.

The Car­di­nals and Brew­ers still hoped to play Satur­day night, and to make up Fri­day’s game with a pair of sev­enin­ning games Sun­day un­der a newly ap­proved MLB plan for dou­ble­head­ers.

Brew­ers prin­ci­pal owner Mark At­tana­sio shrugged off the set­backs and said base­ball is braced for curve­balls, es­pe­cially this year.

“We’re all com­mit­ted, I be­lieve — and I’ve talked to a num­ber of play­ers to­day — to fin­ish­ing the sea­son,” At­tana­sio said. “In­so­far as we can con­tinue to pro­vide some en­joy­ment for our fans, I think that’s some­thing we’re all com­mit­ted to do­ing. If we’re not smart and safe, then we’ll fail. But we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can not to fail.”

Two week­end se­ries — Na­tion­als at Mar­lins, and Blue Jays at Phillies — were called off ear­lier. The Mar­lins were hit with a virus out­break in Philadel­phia that in­fected 20 mem­bers of their trav­el­ing party, and both the Mar­lins and the Phillies are side­lined for at least a week.

The sched­ules of the Yan­kees and Ori­oles have also been scram­bled a week into a sea­son that had al­ready been de­layed and cur­tailed be­cause of the pan­demic, and now may be in jeop­ardy.

The Mar­lins re­ceived an­other pos­i­tive test re­sult, and 18 of their play­ers and two staff mem­bers have been in­fected, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said.

—As­so­ci­ated Press

MORRY GASH/AP

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