Also Tuesday, the Cardinals revealed (with the players’ permission) that all-star catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Paul DeJong are among the players who have tested positive, with Molina writing in Spanish in an Instagram post that his diagnosis came “even after following the recommended prevention methods.”
In a statement released through the team, DeJong said he, too, had “followed team protocols.” “I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life — with education, commitment and persistence,” he wrote.
Four other players were identified among those testing positive: relievers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley and infielders Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo. Teams are required to secure permission to identify players who have tested positive. One player chose to remain unnamed.
Cardinals team president John Mozeliak said five of the 13 members of the team’s traveling party who tested positive were asymptomatic, and the other eight had only mild symptoms. The infected individuals were sent back to St. Louis in rental cars, while the rest of the team remained under self-isolation at their Milwaukee hotel, awaiting additional test results.
If the Cardinals see no more positives Wednesday, they will return to St. Louis and prepare to resume their season Friday against the Cubs.
Despite the mostly upbeat news Tuesday, the day brought one more postponement for the Cardinals, as their scheduled game Aug. 13 against the Chicago White Sox at the “Field of Dreams” ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa — which was to be MLB’s first game in that state — was pushed to August 2021 over coronavirus concerns.
“We made every effort to go ahead with a first-class event for the people of Iowa, admirers of the film and fans generally,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we have come to the conclusion that it would not be prudent to ask Clubs to step outside their normal routines, given the evolving public health challenges.”
MLB announced the White Sox are slated to participate in the game next year but did not name their opponent. The Cardinals were a late replacement for the New York Yankees in this year’s game; MLB’s shortened, 60-game schedule nixed the original matchup.
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