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Another Game Postponed With 4 More Coronavirus Cases for Cardinals

Major League Baseball’s sputtering effort to play in a pandemic took one other discouraging activate Saturday when one St. Louis Cardinals participant and three group staffers examined optimistic for the coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their recreation in Milwaukee for the second day in a row.

The check outcomes and the postponement had been confirmed by two folks with direct information who weren’t licensed to remark as a result of M.L.B. had not made an official announcement.

The Cardinals, who additionally had two gamers obtain optimistic checks on Friday, now have six positives of their touring celebration and have turn out to be the second group, with the Miami Marlins, to expertise an outbreak lower than two weeks into the truncated M.L.B. season. The Marlins have had 20 folks, together with 18 gamers, check optimistic since final Sunday.

With one other Cardinals-Brewers postponement, six groups — comprising 20 p.c of the league — have been shut down this weekend for causes associated to the virus. The Marlins and the Phillies haven’t performed since final Sunday, when the Marlins realized of their outbreak earlier than a recreation in Philadelphia. With these groups out of motion, their scheduled opponents for this weekend, the Washington Nationals and the Toronto Blue Jays, have additionally been off.

The Phillies have had two optimistic checks (a coach and a clubhouse staffer) since taking part in the Marlins, however introduced Saturday that they’d no new positives for the second day in a row. They are scheduled — for now — to play the Yankees for 4 video games this week, however the Marlins are paused indefinitely.

The Marlins’ personnel who examined optimistic launched into a bus journey from Philadelphia to Miami on Friday because the group scrambles to make trades and signal free brokers to fill out a aggressive roster. Isan Diaz, a Marlins second baseman, opted out of the season on Saturday morning.

“This has been a tough week to see so many of my teammates come down with this virus, and see how quickly it spreads,” Diaz posted to Instagram, including later, “This has been a decision that I have discussed with my family, and I feel it’s the best one for me and my overall well-being.”

The Brewers said Saturday that heart fielder Lorenzo Cain had additionally opted out.

For now, M.L.B. nonetheless plans for its groups to play 60 video games apiece — or as near 60 as potential — in a daily season scheduled to finish on Sept. 27, earlier than a postseason of 4 rounds by means of the top of October. But the issues of journey, and the failure by a minimum of a few of the Marlins to stick to security protocols on a preseason journey to Atlanta, have put the season in peril.

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