Late last week, the St. Louis Cardinals experienced a COVID-19 outbreak among the team. Latest reports have a total of 13 positive cases (seven players and six staffers) of COVID-19. The outbreak resulted in the postponement of series in Milwaukee and Detroit.
The Cardinals revealed the names of six of the seven players who tested positive after receiving permission from those players. Among the six, the two most notable names announced are catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Paul DeJong. Pitcher Junior Fernández, first baseman Rangel Ravelo, shortstop Edmundo Sosa, and pitcher Kodi Whitley also tested positive.
We are aware that Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Junior Fernández, Rangel Ravelo, Edmundo Sosa and Kodi Whitley have tested positive for COVID-19.
All six individuals made the decision to grant permission in order to release this information. pic.twitter.com/tqjcG6SNx0
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) August 4, 2020
It was reported that some Cardinals players went to a casino before the outbreak occurred, a report that Cardinals executives denied. Nevertheless, even if it were true that the outbreak was caused by a visit to a casino, it’d be unfair to assume these players were the ones who went out. As contagious as COVID-19 is, it’s possible to take every precaution and still wind up getting sick.
The Cardinals become the second MLB team to suffer a sizable outbreak. The Miami Marlins had their own outbreak the week before. Obviously, the health of these players are most important and everyone’s wishing for a speedy recovery but whenever the Cardinals can play again, they’ll be hoping their players can get back on the field as soon as it’s safely possible.