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Cards’ Molina, DeJong positive for coronavirus, eye return

ST. LOUIS — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was one of the seven Cardinals players to have tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Instagram on Tuesday.

Through the team, five of Molina’s teammates also revealed that they had positive tests for COVID-19: All-Star shortstop Paul DeJong; infielders Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo; and relievers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley. A total of 13 members of the Cardinals traveling party, seven players and six staff members, have tested positive.

The Cardinals announced Monday that Molina, DeJong, Sosa, Fernández, Whitley and right-hander Carlos Martínez have been placed on the injured list. Infielder Brad Miller (right ankle bursitis) was activated from the 10-day injured list. There will be more moves in the coming days as the Cardinals rework their roster, including additions to the Cardinals’ 60-man player pool as players complete their intake testing.

The Cardinals also reported no further positive cases from their latest round of testing on Monday, an important step forward in containing the outbreak that has found its way into their traveling party. The club needs two rounds of negative tests to travel back to St. Louis, which it hopes to do Wednesday via plane. The tentative plan is to have the Cardinals resume their schedule Friday against the Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Molina, 38, said he followed all recommendations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“I’m saddened that I came back positive with COVID-19 even after I followed all recommendations to prevent that from happening,” Molina wrote in Spanish. “I will do all I can to come back stronger for the Cardinals fans, my teammates and the city of St. Louis. For now, I ask you to respect my privacy and that of my family during my absence.”


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