Published 2:01 AM EDT Aug 15, 2020
The Cincinnati Reds earned an 8-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, but there are now questions about when they will play their next game.
The Reds had a player test positive for COVID-19, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal first reported. The Reds are scheduled to play the Pirates on Saturday and Sunday, but those games could be in doubt as the team awaits more testing results. ESPN’s Jeff Passan confirmed Rosenthal’s report and said Saturday’s contest “is likely to be postponed.”
When there are positive coronavirus tests, contact tracing begins immediately to identify players or staff members who were in close contact with the infected person so they can quarantine.
The Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals had a COVID-19 outbreak in their clubhouses this season. The Marlins had 20 members of their team test positive – 18 players and two coaches – and they halted play for nine days.
The Cardinals are scheduled to resume their season with a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. They haven’t played a game since July 29 after 18 people (10 players and eight staff members) tested positive.
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Major League Baseball announced Friday afternoon there were four new positive tests out of 12,301 samples within the past week, and the only positive tests were from the Cardinals.
The Reds have not had any positive tests since beginning the season. Matt Davidson tested positive on an expedited diagnostic test, but it was apparently a false positive because he tested negative on all subsequent tests and an antibodies test. Nick Senzel, Mike Moustakas and Joey Votto have missed games after they reported symptoms to the team’s medical staff, but they all tested negative.
The Pirates were off for the last three days prior to Thursday’s series opener against the Reds because they were scheduled to play the Cardinals.