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Elephant Rumblings: Reds miss weekend after one player tests positive for coronavirus

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Major League Baseball has hit its next coronavirus hiccup, though so far this one hasn’t run as deep as the ones that affected over half the Miami Marlins roster or put the St. Louis Cardinals out of action for two weeks.

This time the team in question is the Cincinnati Reds, who had one player test positive after Friday’s game, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Further tests yielded no more positives, reports insider Jon Heyman, but still their Saturday and Sunday games against the Pittsburgh Pirates were postponed, with Monday appearing to be out as well per Jason Mackey of the Post-Gazette.

Will this episode stop at one Reds player infected and then a quick return to action for the team, or will it spiral into a larger outbreak like happened to the Marlins and Cardinals? We’ll find out soon.

There’s room for hope, though. The Cleveland Indians showed how seriously they’re taking things by optioning two star pitchers back to their alternate training camp. Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac were caught breaking protocol to leave the team hotel one night, and the Indians aren’t taking it lightly even though that pair represent two of their better players.

In the meantime, all 18 Marlins players who tested positive are cleared and back in camp working out, reports Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald. The Cardinals played three games over the weekend, their first since July 29, and won two of three against the Chicago White Sox.

We’re past the one-third point of the short 2020 campaign, so baseball only has to hold out for another five weeks or so in order to complete its regular season and get the playoffs going.

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