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Elephant Rumblings: Marlins return to action, Cardinals close behind, after no new coronavirus cases

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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

Major League Baseball appears to have weathered its first bout with the coronavirus pandemic, knock on wood. Things looked dire a couple days ago, with two teams in two different geographic regions dealing with outbreaks, but Tuesday brought best-case news all around.

The Miami Marlins were hit hard with 18 cases among players, and the St. Louis Cardinals had seven, and that’s not including non-player personnel. Fortunately, the Marlins have reported no new cases since then and are “good to go,” per insider Jon Heyman. The Cardinals also have no new cases, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that they’ve been cleared to travel and return to the field while they wait for one more round of tests to come back.

The final step is for these teams to resume their schedules and begin playing games again, and for the Marlins that’s already a reality. They played Tuesday against the Orioles, in something that technically counted as an MLB game, and they even won in a 4-0 shutout despite placing 13 players on the injured list.

The Cardinals aren’t quite there yet, but they could be back in action by Friday. They put several names on the IL as well, including a few stars.

MLB will never be fully out of the woods as long as this pandemic remains present in the U.S., but these turns of events couldn’t be more encouraging. Instead of the active problem spreading to more teams and potentially causing a second shutdown of the season, it was contained and isolated, and now the affected teams are able to get back on the field without missing a dealbreaking amount of time. It’s not perfect to have clubs pause for a full week-plus in quarantine, but it’s the best we can hope for given the circumstances.

Maybe this 2020 season can make it after all. Knock on wood again.

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