The Cardinals said the tests were conducted Wednesday, before their 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis that night. St. Louis learned of the positive results Thursday night, the team said.
The Cardinals, who were off Thursday, are self-isolating in their hotel rooms in Milwaukee “until further notice,” the team said Friday. It did not publicly identify the players who tested positive.
“The team is currently conducting rapid testing of the entire traveling party, has implemented contact tracing, and will continue to self-isolate,” the Cardinals said in a news release.
For now, Friday’s Cardinals-Brewers game at Milwaukee’s Miller Park — which was to be the Brewers’ home opener for the season — has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader for Sunday.
That is “consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted,” MLB said Friday.
“We are supportive of Major League Baseball’s decision to postpone today’s game and look forward to playing our home opener as soon as conditions safely allow,” David Stearns, Brewers general manager and president of baseball operations, said Friday.
“The health and safety of our players and employees are, and will continue to be, our top priorities,” Stearns said.
Marlins and Phillies also have had positive tests
Coronavirus-related postponements started after members of the Miami Marlins came down with Covid-19 earlier this month.
After Miami opened the season against the Philadelphia Phillies last week, several Marlins players tested positive. Despite the results, the two teams agreed to play the third game of the series July 26.
As of Friday, 18 Marlins players and two coaches had tested positive, a source within the team told CNN on condition of anonymity.
The Phillies also have seen many of their games postponed. First, because they’d played the Marlins, Philadelphia’s games with the New York Yankees this week were postponed out of caution.
The abbreviated MLB season is being played without fans and features new rules, including the banning of high-fives and spitting, to avoid spreading the virus.
Infected Marlins are headed to Florida for more screening, source says
The 20 Marlins players and staff who have tested positive were traveling Friday on several sleeper buses to South Florida, where they will receive additional screening and testing, the source within the team told CNN.
Major League Baseball health officials approved the move, the source said.
The Marlins have been isolating and quarantining in a team hotel in Philadelphia since their last game there on July 26. Members of the team who have not tested positive remained in Philadelphia Friday, the source said.
CNN’s Eric Levenson contributed to this report.