Despite news that two St. Louis Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins will still play on Friday night, Indians radio announcer Tom Hamilton told 1100 WTAM's Mike Trivisonno. The Cardinals had last played on Wednesday in Minnesota, where the Indians and Twins began a four-game series on Thursday night.
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The potential postponement of the second game of the Indians-Twins series would have marked the fourth MLB game on Friday to be postponed. So far, games between the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies and Toronto Blue Jays have been delayed due to coronavirus cases in the sport.
Instead, the Indians and Twins will take the field at Target Field on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.
Earlier this week, MLB announced that it was pausing the Marlins season with a total of 18 players having reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in the last week. On Thursday, the Phillies -- who faced the Marlins last weekend -- announced that while no players have tested positive for the virus, two team staff members have.
The Cardinals’ two positive coronavirus cases mark MLB's first cases to have occurred outside of the East Coast since the 2020 season began last week. Currently, no players or staff members on the Indians or Twins are known to have tested positive for the virus since the season started.
In March, MLB delayed the start of its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. After months of negotiations between the league and its players' association, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred used his authority to enact a 60-game regular season, which began on July 23.
Following a 2-0 victory over the Twins on Thursday, the Indians lay claim to an American League Central-best 5-2 record.