ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KFVS) - The Milwaukee Brewers home opener against the St. Louis Cardinals was postponed on Friday, July 31 after two positive COVID-19 tests in the Cardinals organization.
In a statement on Friday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals confirmed two players tested positive late on Thursday night, July 30 from testing that was conducted on Wednesday before their game against the Twins in Minneapolis.
The Cardinals were in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday for the Twins home opener.
They said the team’s players and staff were instructed to self-isolate in their Milwaukee hotel rooms until further notice.
According to the team statement, the team did not leave their hotel on Friday morning for Miller Park.
The team is currently conducting rapid testing of the entire traveling party, implemented contact tracing and will continue to self-isolate.
“It’s sad and it’s frustrating, but it’s not unexpected,” said Seth Hudson, a fan from Cape Girardeau. “I think there’s a way to do it, but I also understand the scientific and the healthcare perspective side of things, and everyone’s weighing their own risk.”
“I’m hopefully optimistic about the rest of the season that we’re gonna see more baseball,” said Darin Hickey, a Cape Girardeau Cardinals fan for 40 years. “I miss going to the games. And I miss it being on every day. And so this little bit that we’ve had has been great. I hope they keep playing. But ya know, we all have fears that we’re gonna live with.”
Hudson feels the team’s healthcare workers know what’s best during this time.
“They know their travel cycles. They know their workout programs. They know who they’ve been in contact with. So, from an outsider it’s easy to say yes or no. But I think the professionals that are connected to the teams need to make those decisions,” said Hudson.
A senior writer for “The Athletic” reported two Cardinals pitchers have tested positive for COVID-19. That reporter did not give names. No word on their condition or how they’re feeling.
According to a release from Major League Baseball, Friday’s game was rescheduled as part of a traditional double-header on Sunday, August 2 at 1:10 p.m.
The MLB and MLBPA made a change to allow double-header games to be seven innings. This means the Cardinals will play two, seven inning games on Sunday.
MLB said it’s consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.
Saturday’s game will remain scheduled for 6:10 p.m.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported the Cardinals had positive tests.
As for the season overall, Hudson said team leaders are doing the best they can.
“If it ends up not working out, then we just move on, and maybe look at the other part of things. We spend more time with family instead of watching baseball,” he said.
This comes after multiple other baseball games have been postponed.
More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak that stranded the team in Philadelphia, disrupting Major League Baseball’s schedule on the fifth day of the pandemic-delayed season.
Miami’s home opener against Baltimore was postponed, as well as the Yankees’ series opener at Philadelphia.