The Cincinnati Reds are flying to Kansas City right now. The Reds were scheduled to play two games against the Royals in the series, and that is still the plan. But the plan has changed a little bit as Jon Heyman of MLB Network just reported that tonight’s game has been postponed and there will be a doubleheader tomorrow. Update: The game tonight has officially been postponed and a doubleheader is scheduled for Wednesday at 5:05pm ET.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network was the first to report that the team took their flight to Kansas City this morning. He then went on MLB Network to further report that there have been no further positive tests on the team and that there was optimism that the two teams would play this week. But he noted that the game tonight could be postponed to allow one more day of tests to come through for the Reds and that the two teams could wind up playing a doubleheader on Wednesday.
That Wednesday doubleheader could be quite valuable to the Cincinnati Reds if the report from C. Trent Rosecrans on Monday night was accurate that if the teams were to play on Tuesday that the Cincinnati may have had to hold out some of their roster from playing due to contact tracing related exposure. Giving the team an extra day allows for more testing, and if those players were to test negative again it would – in theory at least – allow them to take the field on Wednesday and not have the organization playing short-handed on Tuesday.
As we wrote about here at Redleg Nation last night – no other team has been asked to play short-handed due to contact tracing related issues. The Philadelphia Phillies, who had zero positive tests, were given six full days off before returning to play on the 7th day after being around the Miami Marlins. Cincinnati being asked to take the field four days later and to hold players out who never tested positive because they were around someone who did wouldn’t make much sense given past precedent, nor would it seem to be fair given past precedent.