Cardinals’ game off in Milwaukee
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.