Cardinals players reportedly visited casino before COVID-19 outbreak
|Monday, August 3, 2020 6:12 PM- -|
The St. Louis Cardinals are the latest MLB team to experience a COVID-19 outbreak. The organization announced on Monday that 13 members of the club tested positive in the last week. As a result, the series between the Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers that was slated to take place at Comerica Park this week was postponed.
Rumors began circulating on Monday that several Cardinals players had recently visited a casino, leading to speculation that the virus was contracted that way. MLB Network insider Jon Heyman confirmed the news but also tweeted that there was no definitive proof that the casino visit caused the outbreak within the St. Louis organization.
At least a couple Cardinals did go to a Casino, as @TheRealJHair 1st suggested. MLB has since tightened its rule on leaving the team hotel from very strongly discouraged to not allowed. Cards Covid count going into today: 3 players, 4 staff— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 3, 2020
Noted epidemiologist weighs in. No prove Casino caused any Covid cases. Timing suggests it may have occurred earlier. But yes, better to stay in hotel. https://t.co/RcdNlwiKPb— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) August 3, 2020
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak refuted the reports of the casino visit, though, saying, "I have no factual reason to believe that is true, and I have not seen any proof of that. If they were at a casino, though, that would be disappointing."
Cardinals GM John Mozeliak on the reports that Cardinals players went to a casino before their COVID-19 outbreak: “I have no factual reason to believe that is true, and I have not seen any proof of that. If they were at a casino, though, that would be disappointing.”— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 3, 2020
As a result of the recent report concerning Miami Marlins players visiting a club and, now, the casino report, MLB has cracked down on its rules regarding players leaving the team hotel. The Chicago Cubs are slated to pay a visit to Busch Stadium later this week for a three-game series against the Cardinals. As of now, that series has not been postponed.