10.30 am: In addition to tonight’s game, tomorrow’s game is also expected to be postponed, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets. The hope is that both sides will be able to play twice as many on Sunday.
9.35 am: Craig Mish of SportsGrid tweets that two Cardinals players have so far proved positive. Both were pitchers, Saxon adds.
9.25 am: Athletic’s Mark Saxon reports that if the rest of the Cardinals ’roster is negative, the series against the Brewers could still start tomorrow. It is unclear however how many players and / or staff members at the club turned out to be positive.
8.47 am: Tonight’s game between the Brewers and the Cardinals will be postponed due to positive Covid-19 tests within the Cardinals’ organization, Jon Heyman of the MLB Network (Twitter links). Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that the Cardinals are isolating in their hotel and have not been given to Miller Park.
It is a discouraging development for the league, which had previously stressed that the current outbreak in the sport was in the Marlins organization. Neither the Brewers nor the Cardinals will play (or will play) the Marlins in 2020 according to the realigned schedule.
The number of positive tests will tell, but it’s easy to imagine widespread implications. Breweries will obviously have a direct impact, but they are not likely to be alone. The Cardinals only traveled to Milwaukee from Minneapolis, after finishing a two-game set with the Twins. Minnesota hosted the Indians last night, meaning the Cleveland players and staff were at the same visitor club that had just hosted the Cardinals. The Twins and Indians, then, could feel the impact of the Cardinals ’tests even though none of the players on any roster have shown positive so far. The Pirates, who the Cardinals played in their first series of the season, are also likely on alert after today’s news. The Cards were scheduled to take on the Tigers next week, but as we saw with the Marlins, Phillies and their upcoming opponents, that may now be subject to change as well.
The hope, of course, is that the number of positives is minimal or even singular. Postponing a game based on a handful of positive tests is sure to draw some criticism from fans, but the league would be justified in pointing out the Marlins outburst in advance as a justification for not allowing a series to start after a handful of players. tested positive. The Marlins had four positives before that series, played all three games in some way, and as of yesterday were up to a staggering 17 positives among the players and two on coaching / staff training.