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UPDATE 2-Baseball-MLB reschedules Cardinals game after positive tests

01 Aug 2020 / 00:03 H.

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    By Frank Pingue

    July 31 (Reuters) - Major League Baseball has rescheduled Friday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and host Milwaukee Brewers after two members of the visiting organisation tested positive for COVID-19.

    The Brewers will now play their home opener versus St. Louis on Saturday and make up Friday's game with a doubleheader on Sunday, MLB said in a statement.

    MLB did not say who tested positive but ESPN, citing an unnamed source, said it was two players.

    "We are supportive of Major League Baseball's decision to postpone today's game and look forward to playing our home opener as soon as conditions safely allow," Brewers General Manager David Stearns said in a statement.

    "The health and safety of our players and employees are, and will continue to be, our top priorities."

    The Cardinals and Brewers are the latest MLB teams whose schedules have been impacted by COVID-19 and follows a larger outbreak of the virus with the Miami Marlins that resulted in a week's worth of their games postponed as a result.

    The slew of games impacted by the virus could potentially endanger MLB's season, which only began last Thursday with a reduced 60-game schedule four months after it was originally set to kick off a 162-game regular season.

    Any players who test positive for the novel coronavirus must have two negative tests taken at least 24 hours apart before they are allowed to return to team facilities.

    Miami, who finished their three-game, season-opening series in Philadelphia on Sunday, have had 19 positive tests over the past week among both their players and staff and have been shut down by MLB until next week.

    The Philadelphia Phillies, who had all four of their games this week versus the New York Yankees postponed after the COVID-19 outbreak with the Marlins, shut down their ballpark on Thursday after two staff members tested positive.

    The Phillies' weekend series versus the Toronto Blue Jays was then postponed by MLB. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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