ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals’ game Friday against the Chicago Cubs was postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive for the coronavirus.
Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.
The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including the star catcher Yadier Molina.
The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field on Friday.
Molina was one of two All-Stars, along with Paul DeJong, who confirmed they had tested positive for the virus.
Before Friday’s postponement, the Cardinals had already added three doubleheaders against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up their three games postponed last weekend. Milwaukee will host doubleheaders Sept. 18 and 20 and will be the home team in the opener of another doubleheader in St. Louis on Sept. 25.
The Cardinals will make up this week’s series against the Detroit Tigers with doubleheaders Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. St. Louis had been scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on Aug. 13, but that game was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Those teams will play in Chicago on Aug. 14 instead.