The SF Giants’ game on Friday night has been postponed after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
The SF Giants‘ scheduled game against the San Diego Padres on Friday night has officially been postponed on top of their scheduled game for Saturday after a player on the team reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
The Giants took to Twitter to confirm the positive test around 6:30 PT, just about an hour before game time. Prior to that, some believed that the game could be in jeopardy due to poor air quality as a result of the ongoing wildfires ravaging the West Coast.
Instead, the issue is related to COVID-19 and the state of the Giants’ organization remains very much up in the air at the moment.
It was an eerie scene for the SF Giants at Petco Park on Friday night.
The scene at Petco Park was an odd one for sure as both teams had taken the field before manager Gabe Kapler spoke with team trainer Dave Groeschner.
Following their brief conversation, Kapler went over to speak with the umpires who then alerted the league office prompting the postponement of the game.
This positive test comes after the MLB had recently announced that more than 11,000 tests had been administered in the last week with zero reported cases.
The MLB released the following statement following the announcement of Friday’s postponement.
“Following a positive test for COVID-19 in the San Francisco Giants’ organization, tonight’s and tomorrow’s scheduled games between the Giants and the host San Diego Padres at Petco Park have been postponed out of an abundance of caution and to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted. Major League Baseball will continue to provide updates as necessary.”
This marks the first positive test for the Giants since intake testing began in early July. But San Francisco can look across the Bay to their Bay Area rivals, the Oakland Athletics, to see how a team recently handled a positive test.
A’s pitcher Daniel Mengden tested positive in late August which resulted in his team missing four games due to postponement. And all things considered, the A’s were fortunate to miss only those four games.
It remains to be seen how this will affect the Giants and where the team goes from here. But for now, let’s just hope that whoever tested positive makes a full recovery.