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Manfred: It will be “difficult” for Cardinals to complete 60-game regular season

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Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals have suffered a fresh setback after a scheduled doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers on August 13 was postponed because of an ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the team.

The decision came the day after the Cardinals’ three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates this week was also postponed.

The Cardinals, who have not played since July 29, have now had 17 positive coronavirus tests, including 10 players and seven staffers.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has conceded that the Cardinals are now unlikely to be able to play their scheduled 60 regular-season games this season. The franchise has played just five games this year and has had 15 matches postponed so far.

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

MLB has indicated that winning percentage would be used to determine the playoff field should teams not be able to play a full schedule.

The Cardinals are next due to play the Chicago White Sox on August 14.