Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that a Cincinnati Reds player has tested positive for COVID-19. The player hasn’t been named, and we here at Redleg Nation aren’t going to speculate on who it was.
A Reds player has tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell The Athletic. Team defeated Pirates on Friday night, scheduled to host them again at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. Status of that game not yet known.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 15, 2020
If a report comes out on who it was, we will update this post. For now, we’re leaving that speculation to someone else.
As for the game on Saturday night, or the rest of the series – well – we don’t know about that yet, either. On this front, we will speculate. One positive test has yet to lead to the postponement of any games around Major League Baseball. The sample size of one positive test on a team is rather small, but it’s taken multiple positive tests on one team to put games on hold at this point. Given that it’s currently 12:35am, we probably won’t find out much news until the morning with regards to the game and it’s status.
Will the situations that have taken place with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals lead to Major League Baseball be pro-active and postponing at least the game on Saturday to test everyone on the two teams before deciding on the status for Sunday? Who knows at this point – but that could be an option that is on the table. The two teams could play a double header on Sunday if things come back clean for everyone else, or they could make up the game in Cincinnati when the Pirates return to town September 14th-16th.
Update: Just as this was about to be published, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported that the game on Saturday was likely to be postponed.
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
As Samuel L. Jackson famously says in Jurassic Park: Hold onto your butts.