SAINT LUIS, Missouri, USA (AP) – The three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two other Cardinals players and a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.
Major League Baseball announced that all weekend games have been postponed. Hours earlier, the majors said Friday night’s game was postponed to ensure that all those affected by the Cardinals virus were identified.
24 games in the main matches have been postponed so far this season due to concerns about the coronavirus.
St. Louis lost 10 games, while Miami and Philadelphia each had seven postponements. To complete the 60-game schedule this reduced season, the Cardinals will have to play 55 games on 49 dates once they return to the field.
The Cardinals have not played since Friday of last week, when two of their players tested positive for coronavirus. In total, it was confirmed that eight players on the team were infected, including Puerto Rican receiver Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong.
The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine at a hotel in Milwaukee before finally being released to return to St. Louis on Tuesday night, after receiving negative test results for the second consecutive day. They trained at home and prepared to return to the diamond on Friday.
The next game for St. Louis is scheduled for Monday when they host Pittsburgh. The Cubs will face Cleveland on Tuesday.
Major League Baseball released its most recent test numbers on Friday. The league said 13,043 samples were collected last week with 13 positive results for an infection rate of 0.1%. During the supervision phase, 53,826 tests were carried out, which yielded 71 positive results for a rate of 0.1%. Of these 71 positives, 49 are players and 22 are team members.
Prior to Friday’s postponement, the Cardinals had added three double games against the Brewers in the previously scheduled series to make up for their three games postponed last weekend. Milwaukee will host the doubleheader on September 18 and 20 and will be considered the home team in the first of two games in St. Louis on September 25.
The Cardinals will have to make up for this week’s series against the Detroit Tigers with doubleheader on August 13 and September 10. Given that St. Louis was scheduled to meet the Chicago White Sox at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on August 13, that appointment will now be on August 14 in Chicago.