MLB postpones Guardians-White Sox game due to positive Covid-19 tests at Cleveland organization

This is the first postponement of the season linked to Covid-19.

Among those who tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 are Cleveland 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 were symptomatic, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.

The source said that while other teams have had several positive cases of Covid-19 this season, with Wednesday’s positive test results shortly before the start of an afternoon game, it was not possible for a team to play without a manager and coaching staff.

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

No catch-up date for the game – which was to be the final of a three-game series between the two teams at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago – has been announced.

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

A Guardians spokesman said the club needed a few hours to organize logistics and travel coordination before releasing a team statement.

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