Two Cardinals Test Positive, Friday’s Game Called Off

 Friday’s Cardinals game against the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed after two players tested positive for COVID-19. MLB has announced the game will be rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Sunday.

Saturday’s game is currently expected to be played as scheduled, with Sunday likely representing the first example of the new 7-inning doubleheader system that has been approved for this season.

MLB said in a release that “the rescheduling as a result of two positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals’ organization is consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.”

Per MLB’s protocols, the identities of the positive tests cannot be revealed publicly by the league without permission from the individuals. The Cardinals organization confirmed the positive results were from two players, with one report suggesting both are pitchers.

The tests were conducted on Wednesday prior to the game against the Twins in Minneapolis, according to the team.

Following the positive test results, all of the team’s players and staff were ordered to self-isolate in their Milwaukee hotel rooms until further notice. In addition, the entire traveling party is undergoing rapid testing and contract tracing has been implemented. 

Saturday’s game is still scheduled to start at 5:15 with the pregame and the first pitch at 6:10 on KIRX, Sunday’s back to back doubleheader is scheduled to start at 12:15 with the pregame and the first pitch at 1:00.