MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WFRV) – It didn’t look good for this series between the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals to even get started on July 31 and it doesn’t look good for it to begin in August either.
Major League Baseball issued a statement around 2:30 p.m. on August 1 saying that the game between the Brewers and the Cardinals is indeed postponed.
The press release went on to say “After two Cardinals players tested positive, the entire team was tested in Milwaukee yesterday using a rapid COVID-19 test and saliva samples also were sent to an MLB laboratory. The rapid tests indicated that one additional Cardinals player and multiple staff members may be positive. The results from the MLB PCR saliva tests will not be available until later in the day. Based on the results of the rapid tests conducted in Milwaukee, tonight’s scheduled game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cardinals at Miller Park has been postponed. We will provide additional updates as information becomes available.”
MLB Insider Jon Heyman and ESPN’s Jeff Passan both report that the August 1 game between the Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals has been postponed amid more positive COVID-19 tests among the Cardinals.
This comes after the home opener for Milwaukee, which was supposed to happen on July 31 was postponed, when two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. St. Louis has been isolating in its hotel since news of the positive tests was made public.
There has been no reports of members of the Brewers organization testing positive for COVID-19.
MLB also said “MLB will continue to follow a conservative approach in addressing positive test results because the
health and safety of our players, employees and the public at large is paramount. We are in daily contact with the Players Association, public health officials, and our own medical experts in order to make decisions that will best protect individuals from being exposed to COVID-19. We will continue to provide further scheduling updates as necessary.”
Brewers players took to Twitter to talk about the news of not playing a game for the second day in a row.
MLB has yet to officially announce the postponement of the game and no word yet on whether August 2 doubleheader, a way to make up the fact that the two teams didn’t play on July 31, will continue as scheduled.
The Brewers have played only two series so far in the 2020 season, falling 2-1 to the Chicago Cubs to open the season and taking the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates last weekend. This would have been the first series at home for Milwaukee, but now the Brew Crew might have to wait until Monday when they face the Chicago White Sox.
This is a developing story. Check back with WFRV for all updates.