Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said even he doesn’t have the information to predict if the Cubs will play at St. Louis this weekend.
“Because of the confidential nature of these things at this point,” Epstein said, “the only people who really have the information are Major League Baseball and the Cardinals.”
So, the Cubs are preparing as if they are playing a three-game series in St. Louis this weekend until the league makes its final decision. Thirteen members of the Cardinals organization have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, including seven players.
“Major League Baseball has a lot to work through with the Cardinals each day to try to assess the situation,” Epstein said. “… Obviously if they determine that those games should be played, it will come hand-in hand with the determination that it’s safe for us.
“And I’m sure they’ll share the relevant information and be transparent about everything that’s transpired, so that we in turn can assure our players reassure our players and staff that would be making that trip that they’re not putting themselves in harm’s way. So, there’s been good communication and collaboration to try to work through this. It’s an evolving situation, and it’s going to remain flexible and communicative and see where it leads us.”
On Monday, MLB announced that the Cardinals’ four-game series at Detroit this week had ben postponed. The Cardinals remained quarantined in Milwaukee.
“The tentative plan is for the team to resume its regular schedule on Friday against the Chicago Cubs in St. Louis,” MLB said in a release.
On Tuesday, the Cardinals released the names of six of players who tested positive, with their permission: Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Junior Fernández, Rangel Ravelo, Edmundo Sosa and Kodi Whitley.
“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a team release. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”