According to a report from Jeff Passan of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Pirates will most likely see their game on Saturday get canceled due to a player from the Cincinnati Reds testing positing for COVID-19
As Major League Baseball continues to attempt to play through the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to hit snags along the way. Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Pirates had their three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Cardinal roster. Due to this outbreak, the Cardinals have played just five games this season and have not played in 17 days.
Early in the season, the Miami Marlins were also hit with a COVID outbreak. This led to them having to cancel multiple series, as well as the Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees all being impacted as well. Well, now it appears the Pittsburgh Pirates will be impacted by the virus yet again.
Following Friday night’s loss against the Reds, it was reported that a Reds player had tested positive for COVID-19. Now, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, Saturday’s game between the two teams will likely be canceled.
Saturday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates is likely to be postponed after a Reds player tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell ESPN.
The fallout is unclear — will be for days. But after the Marlins and Cardinals outbreaks, avoiding another is vital.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 15, 2020
This is the correct, and smart, move for MLB to make. There is no sense in risking another widespread outbreak like we saw with the Cardinals and Marlins.
Saturday’s pitching match up was scheduled to be Steven Brault going up against Trevor Bauer. While, on paper, this is a match up that would appear to heavily favor the Reds, it was going to be Brault’s first start without a piggyback this season. So, it was going to be exciting to see how Brault could do. But now it appears we will have to wait to see the first non-piggyback start for Brault.
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