MLB postpones Cleveland Guardians-Chicago White Sox due to Covid


Due to multiple positives COVID-19 Tests within the Guardians organization, the Wednesday afternoon game between Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox has been postponed, Major League Baseball officials announced.

This is the first seasonal postponement linked to Covid-19.

Among the positive results of the virus that causes Covid-19 were Cleveland manager Terry Francona, bench coach DeMarlo Hale and “other uniformed staff,” according to the Guardians website.

In addition to Francona, much of the Guardians’ technical staff tested positive and were symptomatic, a source familiar with the situation told CNN.

The source said that while other teams have had more positive cases of Covid-19 this season, with positive test results on Wednesday arriving just before the start of an afternoon game, it was not feasible for a team to play without. a manager and a technical staff.

The postponement was announced less than an hour before the game’s scheduled start time of 2:10 PM ET.

Under MLB 2022’s Covid-19 protocols – of which a copy was obtained by CNN – players, staff and personnel who come into close contact with players are subject to daily health screenings and if anyone reports symptoms they should be tested. .

In the event of a positive test, the individual must isolate himself for up to 10 days and can return when authorized by the team doctor and the MLB joint committee consisting of two doctors and two non-medical representatives.

The protocols state that the individual must have two test results within certain parameters and symptoms improved or resolved in addition to the approval of the physician and joint committee.

Wednesday’s game was to be the finale to a three-game series between the two teams at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field.

It will be composed on July 23 as part of a double-header in Chicago, with the trick game starting at 12:10 CT and the regularly scheduled game set for 6:15 pm, MLB said.

The Guardians’ next scheduled game is Friday against the Minnesota Twins in Minneapolis.

A spokesperson for the Guardians said the club needed a few hours to organize the logistics and travel coordination before issuing a statement to the team.