Cardinals vs. Tigers Thursday Doubleheader Postponed Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2020

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon hands the ball over to manager Mike Shildt, left, after being pulled in the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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Major League Baseball canceled the Thursday doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the Cardinals organization. 

"MLB and the Club believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play," the league said in a statement, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. 

Joel Sherman @Joelsherman1

MLB with no official word yet on when #StLCards can restart season. Best hope is Friday at #WhiteSox. Also recognize Cards will not play 60 Gs this yr and determination will have to be made how to handle their record for playoff chances. Rest of the lge will not be happy.

That makes it 18 games and counting that the Cardinals have had postponed, and it's simply no longer feasible that all of them will be rescheduled. The Cardinals have played just five games of the 60-game shortened season to this point, going 2-3, while most other teams have completed 16 games so far. 

"I think whether you get all the way to 60 or not, that's difficult at this point," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday. "I think it's possible for them to play enough games to be credible, to be a credible competitor in this season."

How many games they are able to play—and when they are able to return—remains up in the air, however. The threshold of games needed to be a "credible competitor" is also unknown. 

"It's a bummer. We're learning as we go," Cardinals president John Mozeliak told reporters Sunday after the team's series against the Pittsburgh Pirates this week was postponed. "What's the right amount of time to not assemble to try and prevent the spread? I don't think we know that answer perfectly."

The outbreak for the Cardinals has been serious enough that several players have been hospitalized because of coronavirus symptoms:

Derrick S. Goold @dgoold

During his weekly interview on KMOX/1120 AM, #stlcards manager Mike Shildt reveals what has been asked often about: Some COVID-19 positive individuals with team have had to go to the Emergency Room due to symptoms. Team says none have remained hospitalized. Full quote: https://t.co/2Yn4t3B2Gp

But Manfred remains optimistic that the team will be able to resume play at some point this season.

"One hundred percent. I absolutely see a path back for the Cardinals," he said. "That is dependent on getting enough days with no positives that we're comfortable with, that we don't have a contagion risk. But, yes, 100 percent I see a path back."