Cardinals expected to have opener in series at Detroit postponed amid positive COVID-19 tests

The St. Louis Cardinals, bracing themselves for as many as nine positive COVID-19 tests among players, coaches and staff members, are expected to have their game Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers postponed, and possibly the entire four-game series, two players told USA TODAY Sports.

The players were not authorized to speak publicly because there has been no official announcement.

The Cardinals, who had their three-game weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers postponed, canceled their 10 a.m. scheduled flight to Detroit and were prepared to stay in Milwaukee until Wednesday, when it’s determined whether they will travel back to St. Louis or Detroit.

The Cardinals, who have been quarantined in a downtown Milwaukee hotel, have had at least six members of their 58-man traveling party test positive, including a staff member who had direct contact with the entire team. They are awaiting further test results Monday after receiving four inconclusive tests over the weekend.

“We had someone that was infected,’’ John Mozeliak, Cardinals president, told Sirius/XM radio on Sunday, “and unfortunately it was someone that was able to spread it. Containing is now our main focus.”

The Cardinals sent four of their infected players and staff members back to their St. Louis-area homes during the weekend.

“It’s really trying times right now,” Mozeliak said. “Fingers crossed we can get to a point where our curve flattens.”

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