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Reports: Reds’ Joey Votto self-reports coronavirus symptoms, placed on IL

Reports: Reds’ Joey Votto self-reports coronavirus symptoms, placed on IL

On Sunday, the Reds placed Joey Votto on the Injured List after he self-reported coronavirus symptoms, according to multiple reports. The former NL MVP will sit out at least the next two days while he waits to see whether the symptoms regress.

The Athletic and Cincinnati Enquirer confirmed that Votto hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19, making him the third Reds player to miss time without a positive test. Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel were both scratched from the lineup July 26 after showing symptoms. They were originally told they couldn’t return before Thursday but filed an appeal when each of them tested negative six times, allowing them to start playing again Wednesday.

Reds infielder Matt Davidson also missed time, testing positive for the coronavirus after playing on Opening Day. However, Davidson believes it was a false positive as his results came back negative in every subsequent test.

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Yet as far as the NL Central goes, the Reds had an easy weekend. The St. Louis Cardinals had their weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers postponed after three Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus and another four tests came back inconclusive. Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain then decided to opt out of the rest of the season, citing his family’s health in a statement released by the Brewers.

“With all of the uncertainty and unknowns surrounding our game at this time, I feel that this is the best decision for me, my wife, and our three kids,” Cain said in the statement posted Saturday. “The Brewers organization was very understanding and supportive of my decision, and I thank them for that. I wish all of my great teammates the best of luck this season and look forward to getting back on the field in 2021. Please stay safe.”

Milwaukee is set to resume playing Monday against the Chicago White Sox, while the Cardinals are hoping to return Tuesday for a road series with the Detroit Tigers.

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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball is still being played after reports of possible shutdown

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says baseball is still being played after reports of possible shutdown

Just over a week into the 2020 season, Major League Baseball faces a turning point.

Playing through the coronavirus pandemic was always going to be a challenge, but recent outbreaks on multiple teams have led to the postponement of numerous games and have many questions whether the campaign should continue on. Though a recent report suggested commissioner Rob Manfred was considering halting the season, he somewhat dispelled that notion on Saturday.

“We are playing. The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now," Manfred said to ESPN's Karl Ravech. "We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable.”

Manfred stating that "there is no reason to quit now" is quite interesting when one evaluates the current landscape of baseball. 

As of now, the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals are the two teams that have the most positive cases over the last week. An outbreak in Miami that had 15 players test positive forced the team to pause the season and postpone games with the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals. It also forced the Philadelphia Phillies, who played the Marlins on opening weekend, to delay games with the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.

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The Cardinals have had multiple staff members and a player test positive for coronavirus since Friday, forcing the first two games of a weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers to be postponed. In just about one week of play, eight teams have not been able to play due to the virus.

Manfred noted that he feels the players need to do better, which could relate to the report that the Marlins did not follow proper health and safety protocols. Players should be working hard to remain safe, but still, it's the league's responsibility to put its players in a safe situation and set up the necessary procedures to contain and eliminate an outbreak. By having teams travel and not creating a bubble like the NBA and NHL, those tasks become more challenging.

With the virus still as prevalent as ever throughout the country, the problem is not going away. Manfred seems adamant in his statement to Ravech that baseball will continue on despite the bumps in the road. But unless things drastically change, positive tests will keep coming and "manageable" may no longer be the word used to describe the situation. 

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Report: Cardinals have additional positive coronavirus tests, game with Brewers postponed

Report: Cardinals have additional positive coronavirus tests, game with Brewers postponed

Just a day after it was reported that staff members of the St. Louis Cardinals tested positive for COVID-19, additional members of the organization have tested positive for the virus as well, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and baseball reporter Craig Mish reported.

Saturday's game in Milwaukee against the Brewers has been postponed, MLB Network's Jon Heyman first reported. Friday's matchup had also been delayed, and a doubleheader was scheduled for Sunday, but those games are now in limbo as well.

According to The Athletic's Mark Saxon, three confirmed positives were from staff members, while one was a player. Additional details are not known at this time.

The Cardinals are just the latest team to feel a strong impact from the coronavirus. Four teams -- the Blue Jays, Phillies, Marlins and Nationals -- have had their weekend series postponed after the Marlins faced a major virus outbreak that began Sunday.

Miami had just finished a series with the Phillies, which put that roster in jeopardy as well and forced Philadelphia's series against the New York Yankees to be postponed. The Marlins also delayed games against the Baltimore Orioles. It was reported that Miami failed to follow proper health guidelines and safety protocols.

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Just over a week into the 2020 MLB season, the league is at a make-or-break point. A report on Friday suggested that if things do not improve quickly, the campaign may be called off for good.

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