Major League Baseball’s sputtering effort to play in a pandemic took one other discouraging activate Saturday when one St. Louis Cardinals participant and three crew staffers examined constructive for the coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their weekend collection in Milwaukee.
After deciding earlier Saturday to postpone the sport for that night time, M.L.B. introduced a number of hours later that it had referred to as off the Sunday doubleheader, that means that the groups won’t play any video games of their collection until they are often made up elsewhere throughout the densely scheduled 60-game season. The Cardinals’ Monday recreation in Detroit was additionally postponed, however the league mentioned it will be made up as a part of a doubleheader later within the week.
The Cardinals, who additionally had two gamers obtain constructive exams on Friday, now have six positives of their touring social gathering and have change into the second crew, with the Miami Marlins, to expertise an outbreak lower than two weeks into the truncated M.L.B. season. The Marlins have had 20 individuals, together with 18 gamers, take a look at constructive since final Sunday.
With the Cardinals-Brewers postponements, six groups — comprising 20 p.c of the league — have been shut down this weekend for causes associated to the virus. The Marlins and the Phillies haven’t performed since final Sunday, when the Marlins realized of their outbreak earlier than a recreation in Philadelphia. With these groups out of motion, their scheduled opponents for this weekend, the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays, have additionally been off.
The Phillies are scheduled for now to play the Yankees for 4 video games this week, and M.L.B. mentioned Saturday that the Marlins would play a four-game collection with the Orioles in Baltimore beginning Tuesday. The league additionally mentioned that two of three instances amongst Phillies staffers had been doubtless false positives, a welcome signal together with no Philadelphia gamers testing constructive since taking part in the Marlins.
The Marlins’ personnel who examined constructive launched into a bus journey from Philadelphia to Miami on Friday because the crew scrambles to make trades and signal free brokers to fill out a aggressive roster. Isan Diaz, a Marlins second baseman, opted out of the season on Saturday morning.
“This has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads,” Diaz posted to Instagram, including later, “This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall well-being.”
For now, M.L.B. still plans for its teams to play 60 games apiece — or as close to 60 as possible — in a regular season scheduled to end on Sept. 27, before a postseason of four rounds through the end of October. But the complications of travel, and the failure by at least some of the Marlins to adhere to safety protocols on a preseason trip to Atlanta, have put the season in peril.