Yadier Molina among St. Louis Cardinals to test positive for coronavirus

The St. Louis Cardinals have revealed the identity of six players, including nine-time All-Star Yadier Molina, who have tested positive for coronavirus.

Major League Baseball announced on Monday that the number of COVID-19 cases at the Cardinals had risen to 13, forcing their scheduled four-game series against the Detroit Tigers to be postponed.

Molina confirmed his situation in a post on social media, the veteran catcher among those to grant permission for their identities to be released by the team.

Infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, and Rangel Ravelo, as well as pitching duo Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley, also have the virus.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” said Molina, who has twice won the World Series with St. Louis.

“I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my team-mates. As I recover, I request that you please respect my privacy and family in my absence from the team.”

As well as the six named, there is one other player and also six members of the team’s staff who have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

“I am disappointed to share that I have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, even though I followed team protocols,” DeJong said on his own situation.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time.”

A statement from the Cardinals said the “tentative” plan remains for a return to action on Friday, when they are due to go up against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium.

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