MLB postpones Cleveland Guardians-Chicago White Sox due to Covid

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

Among those who tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19 were 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.

According to the 2022 MLB Covid-19 protocols – a copy of which 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.

When there is a positive test, the individual must self-isolate for up to 10 days and may return once cleared by the team physician and the MLB Joint Committee of two physicians and two non-medical representatives. medical.

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

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

It will be composed on July 23 as part of a double-header in Chicago, with the make-up game starting at 12:10 p.m. CT and the regular game scheduled for 6:15 p.m., MLB said.

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.

CNN’s Steve Almasy contributed to this report.

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