Today’s Chicago White Sox game is postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests on the Cleveland Guardians

Positive COVID-19 tests at the Cleveland Guardians organization have caused the Chicago White Sox-Guardians’ game to be postponed Wednesday at Guaranteed Rate Field, Major League Baseball announced.

According to several reports before the postponement, Terry Francona tested positive and was not going to be available to handle the game. Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale also tested positiveas well as “other support staff,” according to reports.

According to a March 26 Associated Press article, MLB 2022 COVID protocols include “MLB intends to postpone games only as necessary to protect the health and safety of club personnel, players and Matches will not be postponed for competitive reasons provided the club has a sufficient number of players available to replace players on the active roster who are unavailable to play due to COVID-19.

MLB will provide a rescheduling update for the Sox-Guardians game when it becomes available.

The postponement led the Sox to fine-tune their likely rotation for the next four-game series against the New York Yankees at guaranteed rate field.

Dylan Cease is still slated for Thursday’s series opener, and Vince Velasquez — who was in line to kick off Wednesday — is slated for Friday.

Dallas Keuchel and Michael Kopech have been pushed back a day and are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The Sox and Guardians split the shortened two-game series. Tuesday’s 4-1 Sox win improved the team’s record to 4-10 against American League Central. They are 1-4 against the Guardians.

The Minnesota Twins (18-12 entering Wednesday) and Sox (15-14) are the only teams in the division above .500. The Guardians are 15-15 years old. Sox manager Tony La Russa said the tapes don’t tell the full story of Central.

“The records are misleading,” La Russa said. “When you look at the end of the season, you’re going to see that Detroit is going to get a little healthier and tougher to play. Kansas City is going to be tough to play. Cleveland, you know, Terry and the guys, they’re doing a great job of competing and Minnesota, obviously, has a lot going for it. I think there will be several clubs with winning records, and it will be a very good competition.

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