An unidentified Reds participant examined optimistic for COVID-19 on Friday, per a report from The Athletic — the primary in MLB exterior of St. Louis in two weeks.
Gamers have been knowledgeable of the optimistic check after Cincinnati’s Eight-1 victory over the Pirates on Friday. The Reds have been scheduled to play Pittsburgh on Saturday and Sunday, although Jeff Passan of ESPN reported the rest of the sequence will seemingly be canceled because the workforce begins contact-tracing and isolating gamers.
Saturday’s sport between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates is prone to be postponed after a Reds participant examined optimistic for COVID-19, sources inform ESPN.
The fallout is unclear — can be for days. However after the Marlins and Cardinals outbreaks, avoiding one other is important.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 15, 2020
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MLB had hoped Saturday could be the primary time all 30 of its groups performed on the identical day since July 26: the day 4 Marlins gamers examined optimistic for COVID-19. Miami performed that day regardless of the optimistic exams, drawing heavy criticism within the course of. The opposite workforce to expertise an outbreak, St. Louis, has not performed since July 29. Two of its gamers examined optimistic for the coronavirus on July 31.
The incubation interval for COVID-19 is 2 weeks, inserting into query a number of scheduled sequence for the Reds in opposition to the Royals, Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs.
Satirically, Cincinnati’s optimistic check got here on the eve St. Louis was set to renew play. Regardless of being rivals, neither workforce has performed one another but this season. Cincinnati is 9-11 after Friday’s win over the Pirates; the Cardinals are 2-Three.
This is not the primary time Cincinnati has skilled a scare with the coronavirus, although it’s the first time the workforce has produced a optimistic check below MLB’s testing protocols. Three Reds gamers — Matt Davidson, Mike Moustakas and Joey Votto — have all been positioned on the workforce’s injured record after self-reporting COVID-19 signs. One other participant, Nick Senzel, missed three video games after self-reporting signs, however wasn’t positioned on the IL.
Of these gamers, solely Davidson produced a optimistic check. Nonetheless, his check was not administered by MLB and subsequent exams got here again damaging