Major League Baseball’s quest to play its truncated season has taken another hit.
Friday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed after two players on the Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the situation. The official spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because it has not been announced yet.
The game would have been the Brewers home opener.
That brings the total number of postponed games this week to 30 due to positive COVID-19 tests, with the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies each missing seven apiece.
Outside of the Marlins outbreak earlier this week, which infected 19 personnel, this is the first positive tests since last Thursday.
The fallout from the Marlins outbreak has led to six teams needing to make up games, a challenge in a 60-game season over 66 days, with the goal of ending the regular season on Sept. 27.