Major League Baseball's quest to play its truncated season has taken another hit.
Friday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed after two players on the Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Cardinals did not leave the hotel this morning for Miller Park.
The game would have been the Brewers home opener. Instead, it has been rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Sunday.
Saturday’s game between the two teams will remain as scheduled.
"We are supportive of Major League Baseball’s decision to postpone today’s game and look forward to playing our home opener as soon as conditions safely allow," said Brewers president and GM David Stearns in a written statement. "The health and safety of our players and employees are, and will continue to be, our top priorities."
That brings the total number of postponed games this week to 30 due to positive COVID-19 tests, with the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies each missing seven apiece.
A general view of signage designating seats for players to sit during the Milwaukee Brewers summer workouts at Miller Park. (Photo: Dylan Buell, Getty Images)
Outside of the Marlins outbreak earlier this week, which infected 19 personnel, this is the first positive tests since last Thursday.
The fallout from the Marlins outbreak has led to six teams needing to make up games, a challenge in a 60-game season over 66 days, with the goal of ending the regular season on Sept. 27.
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