Guardians-ChiSox postponed over COVID-19

The Cleveland Guardians game against the Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Guardians organization, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.

The game was postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. MLB will provide a rescheduling update when it becomes available.

It was announced earlier Wednesday that Guardians manager Terry Francona tested positive for COVID-19 and would be sidelined indefinitely.

He currently is not showing any symptoms. Francona, 63, missed much of the past two seasons with a variety of health issues.

The game was postponed because of multiple positive tests among the coaches and traveling party, including Francona, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. The positive tests stem from some in the traveling party being symptomatic, per sources.

Guardians bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who filled in when Francona stepped away last season, was to manage the series finale against the White Sox. Hale will stay in that role until Francona returns to the team.

It’s the first game postponed this season because of COVID-19 after the league postponed nine of 2,429 games last season. Forty five games out of 900 were postponed due to COVID-19 during the shortened 2020 season.

It’s still possible the Guardians could play their next game, Friday in Minnesota, but might need to bring in coaches from their minor league system.

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