The St. Louis Cardinals will attempt to play a doubleheader at Chicago against the White Sox on Saturday, which would end a 17-day stretch without playing a game, multiple outlets reported Thursday.
The White Sox confirmed the news Thursday evening, announcing that a straight doubleheader will start at 2:10 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The St. Louis Post Dispatch indicated that Saturday's doubleheader is contingent on an unspecified number of pending COVID-19 tests.
General manager John Mozeliak also revealed in a conference call with reporters that the Cardinals will play two more doubleheaders next week during their extended stay in Chicago. St. Louis will play two games Monday and two more Wednesday when they pay a visit to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs.
The Cardinals had a three-game home series against the Cubs postponed last weekend.
The Cardinals last played July 29 at Minnesota then had 18 consecutive games postponed after a spate of positive COVID-19 tests among players, and staff. A total of 10 of the 18 positive tests were among players.
The latest postponed game came Friday in the opener of a three-game series against the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
As if getting back to action was not challenging enough, multiple reports indicated that Cardinals players are being asked to drive individually from St. Louis to Chicago. According to ESPN, it was mandated that the five-hour drive be made in rental cars.
Separate reports Friday indicated that another member of the Cardinals staff had recently tested positive for COVID-19. That ended a two-day streak of no positives. According to USA Today, that staff member had been in isolation and was not in contact with team members.
While one game of Saturday's doubleheader will make up for Friday's postponement, it left 17 more games to make up by the time the regular season ends Sept. 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers. No details were given on what the team's schedule would look like beyond next week's five-game series at Wrigley Field.
Beginning Saturday, the Cardinals will have 44 days to play 55 games, including all postponed contests. MLB has indicated that it does not expect the Cardinals to play all of their outstanding games.
The Cardinals were 2-3 and on a three-game losing streak when their season was paused.
--Field Level Media