St. Louis Cardinals players enter the stands before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on July 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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According to a people familiar with league planning, MLB will announce it’s postponing Friday’s St. Louis Cardinals series opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. A tweet on Friday morning that said two Cardinals players tested positive for coronavirus.
The postponement follows Monday’s announcement to suspend the Miami Marlins’ series against the Baltimore Orioles, the Philadelphia Phillies-New York Yankees series, and the Phillies’ series against the Toronto Blue Jays through Sunday all due to positive Covid-19 cases.
“Major League Baseball will coordinate with health experts and the Major League Baseball Players Association in planning for the Phillies’ resumption of play, and will provide further scheduling updates as necessary,” the league said in a statement on Thursday after it postponed the Phillies-Blue Jays series.
The individual also confirmed reports MLB is expected to announce doubleheader games will be shortened to seven innings this season due to the pandemic.
Despite positive cases spreading among clubs, there is currently no rift with the league and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) regarding Covid-19 protocols. The two sides remain committed to finishing the 60-game season, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC.
“The protocols are working for 29 of the 30 teams and it allows for 870 players, nearly 150 coaches 65 umpires; they’ve all worked for a week and we really had, with the exception of one club, no outbreaks,” MLB agent Scott Boras told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Thursday.
Boras said baseball officials “anticipated positive tests” which that he thinks will allow the “protocols to be examined as to one specific team and their conduct knowing that the protocols work league-wide everywhere else.”