Brewers postpone home opener with Cardinals due to positive COVID-19 tests

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MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers-St. Louis Cardinals game scheduled for Friday has been postponed due to two players testing positive for COVID-19.

The Cardinals were set to take on the Brewers in Milwaukee for the team’s home opener this afternoon, but the Cardinals learned Thursday before 11:00 p.m. of the two positive players. Those tests were conducted Wednesday before the team played the Twins in Minneapolis, and Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said this of course worries him.

“I guarantee you this is just another very very loud wake up call,” Mozeliak said.

The players who tested positive along with the rest of the team and staff are self-isolating in their Milwaukee hotel rooms for the time being according to a statement from the Cardinals. Mozeliak said the organization took a saliva test through the MLB and a rapid test through a Milwaukee hospital. He hopes when those results come back Friday night and Saturday morning there are no new positives.

“My fingers are crossed we get good news,” Mozeliak said.

Friday’s game will now be a part of a doubleheader on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:10 pm. Saturday’s game in Milwaukee will remain as scheduled for 6:10 pm.

“I’m very appreciative of what the commissioner office did for us,” Mozeliak said. “For allowing us to take the appropriate response to these positive tests.”

Earlier this week, the Miami Marlins home opener scheduled for Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the team.

The Brewers went 45-31 in division play in 2019. Milwaukee hit .246 as a team with 3.4 extra base hits per game and 250 total home runs last season.

The Cardinals went 46-30 in division games in 2019. St. Louis hit .245 as a team last year while averaging 8.2 hits per game.

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