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 workforce staffers examined optimistic for the coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their recreation in Milwaukee for the second day in a row.
The take a look at outcomes and the postponement have been confirmed by two individuals with direct information who weren’t approved to remark as a result of M.L.B. had not made an official announcement.
The Cardinals, who additionally had two gamers obtain optimistic checks on Friday, now have six positives of their touring celebration and have turn out to be the second workforce, 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 optimistic since final Sunday.
With one other Cardinals-Brewers postponement, 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 discovered 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 have had two optimistic checks (a coach and a clubhouse staffer) since enjoying the Marlins, however introduced Saturday that that they had no new positives for the second day in a row. They are scheduled — for now — to play the Yankees for 4 video games this week, however the Marlins are paused indefinitely.
The Marlins’ personnel who examined optimistic launched into a bus journey from Philadelphia to Miami on Friday because the workforce 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.”
The Brewers mentioned Saturday that middle fielder Lorenzo Cain had additionally opted out.
For now, M.L.B. nonetheless plans for its groups to play 60 video games apiece — or as near 60 as potential — in an everyday season scheduled to finish on Sept. 27, earlier than a postseason of 4 rounds via the tip of October. But the issues of travel, and the failure by at the very least a number of the Marlins to stick to security protocols on a preseason journey to Atlanta, have put the season in peril.