Report: Cardinals vs. White Sox Postponed After STL Coach's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2020

Chicago White Sox play during an intrasquad baseball game at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Thursday, July 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

The St. Louis Cardinals' game with the Chicago White Sox on Friday was postponed, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman and USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

The two teams will instead stage a doubleheader Saturday.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported a Cardinals coach tested positive for COVID-19, necessitating the postponement.

St. Louis hasn't played since a 3-0 defeat to the Minnesota Twins on July 29. At this point, getting the team to the full 60-game threshold might be impossible, and hitting even 50 games will be a race against the clock.

According to Heyman, 50-plus is the current target. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the league hopes the Cardinals can get close to a full 60-game schedule and potentially to 60 games with a doubleheader the day after the season ends. 

The Cardinals were the second MLB team to experience a COVID-19 outbreak when 13 members of the organization were flagged for positive tests, including nine-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina.

Heyman corroborated a report from former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr. that "at least a couple" of players visited a casino prior to the outbreak. General manager John Mozeliak and veteran right-hander Adam Wainwright both refuted the rumor.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Derrick Goold also reported that officials from the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino looked at security footage from July 30 and couldn't find any video showing a member of the Cardinals entering the venue.

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