Just after midnight, following the Cincinnati Reds win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that a Reds player had tested positive for COVID-19. Later reporting by Jeff Passan said that the game scheduled for Saturday evening was in doubt over the positive test. This morning, just after 10:15am ET, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the game between the two teams was indeed postponed.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) August 15, 2020
Shortly after, at 10:36am ET, Jeff Passan of ESPN noted that it was becoming exceeding likely that the game on Sunday, too, would be postponed with a possibility of the teams playing a double header on Monday.
Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates is exceedingly likely to be postponed, sources tell ESPN. The teams could potentially play a doubleheader on Monday, when both have an off-day. They have two more series in which they can make up lost games, too.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 15, 2020
This story, of course, is developing, and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
Update at 11:07am
The game on Sunday between the two teams has also been postponed according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Sunday’s Reds-Pirates game also postponed
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 15, 2020
John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer noted just after the Heyman report that the teams were looking at a double header for Monday.
Right now, #Reds are looking a postponing today and tomorrow, doubleheader Monday, source said.
— John Fay (@johnfayman) August 15, 2020
Update: 11:23am ET
Major League Baseball has released the following statement:
Following a positive test for COVID-19 by a Cincinnati Reds player, tonight’s scheduled game, as well as tomorrow afternoon’s contest, between the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park have been postponed to allow for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process. Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates as they become available.