Cardinals vs. Brewers Postponed After Positive COVID-19 Test Results

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 1, 2020

Fan cutouts are seen behind home plate at Miller Park after it was announced that the Milwaukee Brewers home opener was postponed after two St. Louis Cardinals employees tested positive for the coronavirus, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Saturday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park was postponed after positive COVID-19 test results involving the Cardinals.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com shared confirmation of the postponement from the league after Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported the news. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic provided details:

Later, MLB announced the rest of the series would be postponed, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic. 

Friday's game was also postponed after the Cards' initial positive tests. Most of the positives are from staffers, per The Athletic's Mark Saxon.

St. Louis president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said the parties involved have been in communication about how to move forward.

"Having prompt reaction by everybody involved—commissioner's office, Brewers, Cardinals—I think it did prioritize safety, and that's important," Mozeliak told reporters Friday.

For the second straight day, Brewers pitcher Brett Anderson noted he found out the game was postponed via the media rather than the team or league:

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In addition, Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain informed the club he's opting out of the remainder of the campaign:

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark on Friday to alert the union the 2020 season could be in jeopardy if the positive cases aren't contained amid the coronavirus pandemic, per Passan.

Most notably, the Miami Marlins have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak that included 21 positive tests as of Friday, according to ESPN.

The Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, their opponent in last weekend's season-opening series, haven't played since that head-to-head matchup.

It's created a situation wherein Miami and Philadelphia have played only three games, while other teams have finished as many as eight. Making up the games could prove difficult within a 60-game schedule that was already condensed because of the pandemic.

Three games have now been postponed Saturday—Cardinals at Brewers, Washington Nationals at Marlins and Phillies at Toronto Blue Jays—while 12 games remain scheduled.

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