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St. Louis Cardinals are now the 3rd MLB team with positive COVID-19 tests

An MLB game is off once again after positive coronavirus tests.

On Friday, a game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers was postponed after Cardinals employees tested positive for COVID-19, ESPN and The Associated Press report.

"We are supportive of Major League Baseball's decision to postpone today's game and look forward to playing our home opener as soon as conditions safely allow," Brewers President David Stearns said on Friday, per USA Today. "The health and safety of our players and employees are, and will continue to be, our top priorities."

This comes days after a Miami Marlins coronavirus outbreak prompted the MLB's first game cancellation related to COVID-19, with the Marlins' season subsequently being put on hold. Members of the Philadelphia Phillies staff have also tested positive for COVID-19, though no players have, CNN reports.

But as ESPN notes, the Cardinals' COVID-19 tests are the "first positive tests the sport has seen outside of the East Coast," and with the 2020 season having barely begun, according to The Washington Post, "six teams, or 20 percent of the league, will sit idle Friday due to coronavirus-related postponements."