Major League Baseball just announced that the Philadelphia Phillies will resume play Saturday, not this Friday as had been initially planned. Specifically, their July 31 game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park has been rescheduled as part of a traditional doubleheader on Saturday.
The Phillies, as you know. have been idled since their weekend series against the Miami Marlins. So far no Phillies players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of their matchup, though one visiting clubhouse attendant did. Major League Baseball gave no reason why the Jays series has been converted into a doubleheader on Saturday instead of Friday-Saturday-Sunday games, but it’s possible it’s about making sure the latest COVID-19 tests have come back before play resumes.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports