As a new week begins, the first of August, COVID-19 continues to plague games in Major League Baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals have been forced to stay put and not travel to Detroit, where they were scheduled to take on the Detroit Tigers in one game on Tuesday and a doubleheader the following day. For now, it seems that those plans are on hold until the team gets their ducks in a row with its COVID-19 outbreak.
Source: the #STLCards are not going to Detroit, which was to be their next destination. That means they likely will have to make up at least seven games.
— Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) August 3, 2020
7 Cardinals players have tested positive for Covid and 6 staff members. So 13 total personnel. Tigers series postponed as @markasaxon reported 1st
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 3, 2020
The Cardinals have reportedly had thirteen total people within the organization test positive for COVID-19. This count includes seven players, as noted by Jon Heyman. Given the cancellations that have already been announced, this leaves the Cardinals to have to reschedule seven total games, which will be a tall task in this interesting season.
It has not been labeled as the official cause of their outbreak; however, the St. Louis Cardinals had a group of players who went to a casino following a game, which would line up with the possibility of tying into the outbreak. It was not labeled as the sole reason, as the incubation period spans so much, but it could be a contributing factor.
Besides the outbreak within the Cardinals organization, there have been some good reports coming from the Miami Marlins camp. The Marlins who have had an outbreak as well, losing seventeen players off of their 30-man roster, are trending upwards in terms of not having players test positive. They are looking to get back on the field soon while the Cardinals are still dealing with this outbreak.
Amid all of this, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has not said much, noting that the league is going to keep pressing on. He did, however, tell television networks to ready alternate programming for as soon as Monday amid the continuation of these outbreaks. For the time being, it will be a continued waiting game as the Marlins look to push through their outbreak, and the Cardinals will look to keep addressing their outbreak.