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The Cardinals haven’t played since July 29 because of a cluster of positive COVID-19 tests within the team, and now their Friday night return to the field against the Cubs has been postponed. Friday night’s game between the two NL Central rivals has been called off because of one additional positive test on the Cardinals, MLB announced on Friday afternoon. MLB’s statement says the postponement is to allow “for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.” 

Although no official announcement has been made regarding the remainder of the three-game set, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports the rest of the series (which originally was set to run Friday-Sunday) was also postponed.

The Cardinals had been quarantining in their Milwaukee hotel room following the outbreak in which seven players and six staff members tested positive for the virus. Because of those positives, the Cardinals’ road series against the Brewers and Tigers have already been postponed. After a round of rapid testing yielded negative results, the Cardinals were allowed to return to St. Louis on Wednesday and then cleared to begin the series against the Cubs on Friday. The new positive test has changed that timeline. At present, the Cardinals have played just five games this regular season. 

The Cardinals had been poised to enter the Chicago series short-handed, as they’re presently without catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Paul DeJong, who were among the Cardinals players to test positive. They’re also without starter Carlos Martinez, who was placed on the IL for undisclosed reasons. Infielders Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo and right-handed relievers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley also are on the IL following positive tests. 

The Marlins recently returned to action after their own outbreak that saw 18 players test positive. 

MLB recently restructured the schedule with an abundance of doubleheaders in order to get each team to 60 games by the end of the regular season, but now further adjustments may be necessary. 


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