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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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Scary Moment: Umpire Joe West leaves Nationals-Blue Jays game after being struck with bat

Scary Moment: Umpire Joe West leaves Nationals-Blue Jays game after being struck with bat

WASHINGTON -- Home plate umpire Joe West was hit in the side of the head by Bo Bichette’s backswing Thursday afternoon in the bottom of the first inning at Nationals Park.

West appeared to be bleeding from the side of his head while attended to by Nationals head trainer Paul Lessard. He walked off the field and was replaced by Vic Carapazza, who was previously stationed at second base.

Typically, a fifth umpire is on standby in case a replacement is necessary. Thursday, during baseball in a pandemic, West exited and the umpiring crew shrank from four to three. He returned to the field for the top of the third inning and took over as the third base umpire.

The Blue Jays led the Nationals 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning at Nationals Park. Toronto was playing its second game in as many days as the “home” team and has been in Washington since Monday. The Nationals will not play again until next Tuesday because their weekend series with the Marlins has been postponed.

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Phillies’ weekend series with Blue Jays postponed amid positive coronavirus tests

Phillies’ weekend series with Blue Jays postponed amid positive coronavirus tests

This weekend’s series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo announced Thursday. Toronto is in D.C. for a series with the Nationals and may remain there now that their upcoming series has been pushed back.

Montoyo’s announcement comes on the heels of the Phillies cancelling all practices at Citizens Bank Park “until further notice” as a result of both a coach and home clubhouse staffer testing positive for the coronavirus. No Phillies players have tested positive since the start of the season.

Philadelphia has already had a series with the New York Yankees postponed after its previous opponent, the Miami Marlins, experienced a COVID-19 outbreak that’s since seen 17 players and two coaches test positive for the virus. The outbreak has since affected the schedules of five other teams.

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Among those teams are the Nationals, who will join the Blue Jays in taking this weekend off in D.C. Washington was scheduled to play the Marlins from Friday through Sunday but will rest for a few days while Miami attempts to put together a healthy roster.

No timetable has been given for when the Marlins or Phillies will have their games made up.

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