MLB postpones Cardinals-Tigers doubleheader on Thursday

The St. Louis Cardinals will go yet another day without playing their first game since July 29. 

Major League Baseball has announced a scheduled doubleheader on Thursday between the Cardinals and Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park has been postponed to allow for additional testing of quarantined players and staff members.

One day earlier, MLB announced the postponement of a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates after outfielder Lane Thomas tested positive, bringing the club’s total to 10 players and seven staffers.

The Cardinals have played just five games this season. The rash of postponements means the Cardinals would have to play their remaining 55 games in a span of 40 days. 

The St. Louis Cardinals have been doing a lot of standing around and waiting these days, not having played since completing a three-game series in Minneapolis on July 29. (Photo: Jordan Johnson, USA TODAY Sports)

“I think whether you get all the way to 60 or not, that’s difficult at this point,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told the St. Louis Post Dispatch on Monday. “I think it’s possible for them to play enough games to be credible, to be a credible competitor in this season.”

MLB has said that if teams don't play a full schedule, then winning percentage would be used to determine the playoff field. 

The Cardinals' next scheduled game is on Friday in Chicago against the White Sox.

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