Major League Baseball’s sputtering effort to play in a pandemic took another discouraging turn on Saturday when one St. Louis Cardinals player along with also three team staffers tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their game in Milwaukee for the second day in a row.
The test results along with also the postponement were confirmed by two people with direct knowledge who were not authorized to comment because M.L.B. had not made an official announcement.
The Cardinals, who also had two players receive positive tests on Friday, today have six positives in their traveling party along with also have become the second team, with the Miami Marlins, to experience an outbreak less than two weeks into the truncated M.L.B. season. The Marlins have had 20 people, including 18 players, test positive since last Sunday.
With another Cardinals-Brewers postponement, six teams — comprising 20 percent of the league — have been shut down that will weekend for reasons related to the virus. The Marlins along with also the Phillies have not played since last Sunday, when the Marlins learned of their outbreak before a game in Philadelphia. With those teams out of action, their scheduled opponents because of that will weekend, the Washington Nationals along with also the Toronto Blue Jays, have also been off.
The Phillies are scheduled for today to play the Yankees for four games that will week, along with also M.L.B. said Saturday that will the Marlins would likely play a four-game series with the Orioles in Baltimore starting Tuesday. The league also said that will two of three cases among Phillies staffers were likely false positives, a welcome sign along with no Philadelphia players testing positive since playing the Marlins.
The Marlins’ personnel who tested positive embarked on a bus trip coming from Philadelphia to Miami on Friday as the team scrambles to make trades along with also sign free agents to fill out a competitive roster. Isan Diaz, a Marlins second baseman, opted out of the season on Saturday morning.
“that will has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with that will virus, along with also see how quickly the item spreads,” Diaz posted to Instagram, adding later, “that will has been a decision that will I have discussed with my family, along with also I feel the item’s the best one for me along with also my overall well-being.”
For today, M.L.B. still plans for its teams to play 60 games apiece — or as close to 60 as possible — in a regular season scheduled to end on Sept. 27, before a postseason of four rounds through the end of October. nevertheless the complications of travel, along with also the failure by at least some of the Marlins to adhere to safety protocols on a preseason trip to Atlanta, have put the season in peril.