Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has elected not to play the rest of the 2020 MLB season, the club announced Saturday.
"Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season," Brewers president David Stearns said in a statement. "We fully support Lorenzo's decision, and we will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse."
The announcement follows the postponement of the Friday's and Saturday's Brewers-Cardinals games due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests among St. Louis' team and staff. On Friday, the Cardinals announced two players tested positive.
MLB said in a statement Saturday the Cardinals tested the entire team on Friday using rapid COVID-19 tests and saliva samples. The rapid tests indicated a third Cardinals player may have tested positive, as well as multiple staff members. Results from the saliva tests won't be available until later Saturday.
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Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said Saturday Cain is a "big part of the MLB fraternity" and him opting out is a "huge blow" for the Brewers and fans of Cain. He offered support for Cain's decision, knowing it couldn't have been easy for him and his family.
"And I will never question a guy — like Lorenzo, I’ll never question his thought process to that," Lester said. "And that’s a decision him and his family probably sat down and thought long and hard about, and I'm sure he talked to his teammates about it.
"And I support anything that any of these guys do, whether they show up and play or they opt to be at home. It’s a crazy time that we’re in, and you can’t second-guess anybody that wants to make a decision like that."
If Cain, 34, is not deemed a high-risk individual for the coronavirus, he will not receive salary or service time this season. The season is at a critical juncture, as MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, according to reports, recently told the MLBPA the season could be shut down if the players don't do a better job managing the virus
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