postponed due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the Guardians organization,
MLB announced Wednesday. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.
Among those testing positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 are
Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona, bench coach DeMarlo Hale and
“other uniformed personnel,” according to the Guardians’ website.
In addition to Francona, much of the Guardians coaching staff tested positive and
The source said that while other teams have had multiple positive Covid-19 cases
this season, with Wednesday’s positive test results coming shortly before the start of
an afternoon game, it was not feasible for a team to play without a manager and
The postponement was announced less than an hour before the game’s scheduled
start time of 2:10 p.m. ET.
According to MLB’s 2022 Covid-19 protocols,
players, staff and personnel who come into close contact with players are subject to
daily health screenings, and if someone reports symptoms they should be tested.
When there is a positive test, the individual must isolate for up to 10 days and may
return when cleared by the team physician and the MLB’s joint committee
comprising two doctors and two non-medical representatives.
The protocols say the individual must have two test results within certain parameters
and improved or resolved symptoms in addition to approval from the doctor and joint
No make-up date for the game — which was to be the finale of a three-game series
between the two teams at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago — has been announced.
The Guardians’ next scheduled contest is Friday against the Minnesota Twins in
A spokesperson for the Guardians said the club needed a few hours to arrange
logistics and travel coordination before issuing a team statement.