Molina, five other Cardinals acknowledge testing positive for COVID-19


St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

The St. Louis Cardinals acknowledged Tuesday that catcher Yadier Molina, infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo, and pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley were among those in the organization who tested positive for COVID-19.

Seven Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last week and the entire team has been quarantined in Milwaukee since last Thursday.

According to MLB Network‘s Jon Heyman, the Cardinals had no new positive results following their latest round of testing.

"I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place," Molina said in a team release. "I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates. As I recover, I request that you please respect my privacy and family in my absence from the team."

The Cardinals haven’t played since July 29 at the Brewers and Major League Baseball has postponed St. Louis’s series against Milwaukee, which was scheduled for this past weekend, and their four-game series at Detroit this week.

"I am disappointed to share that I have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, even though I followed team protocols," stated DeJong in the team’s release. "I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time."

The Cardinals are tentatively scheduled to return to action Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs.

— With files from The Associated Press

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