ST. LOUIS -- A lot of baseball is scheduled for the Cardinals for the final month and a half of the regular season.
Major League Baseball announced rescheduling updates Friday for the Cardinals after a coronavirus outbreak had affected 18 individuals in the organization and paused the team’s schedule for two weeks. Play will resume Saturday in Chicago against the White Sox in a doubleheader that is set to begin at 12:10 p.m. CT. After a single game vs. the White Sox on Sunday, the Cardinals will play two doubleheaders against the Cubs, on Monday and Wednesday at Wrigley Field sandwiched around a single game Tuesday.
Here were the scheduling updates:
• The three-game series originally scheduled for this past weekend between the Cardinals and Cubs at Busch Stadium will be rescheduled as part of three doubleheaders at Wrigley Field: Monday starting at 4:15 p.m., Wednesday starting at 1:20 p.m., and Sept. 5 starting at 4:15 p.m. The Cardinals will be the home team for the second game of each doubleheader.
• The three-game series originally scheduled for this week at Busch Stadium will be rescheduled as part of two doubleheaders: Aug. 27 at Busch Stadium starting at 2:15 p.m. and Sept. 18 at PNC Park starting at 3:05 p.m. The Cardinals will be the home team for both games on Aug. 27 -- which was a mutual off-day for both teams -- and the home team for the second game on Sept. 18.
• The two-game series against the Twins in September is now scheduled to be played as a doubleheader on Sept. 8 beginning at 2:15 p.m. This was done to create an additional off-day for the Cardinals in September.
• The postponed doubleheader against the Tigers that was supposed to be played Thursday will be rescheduled later.
With this new schedule, the Cardinals will play 21 games in August, including four doubleheaders, and 32 games in September, with seven doubleheaders. As of Friday, the Cardinals will squeeze 53 games in the remaining 44 days of the regular season, with two off-days in September.
Every doubleheader will be seven innings long, and teams are permitted a 29th player on the roster. For Saturday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals will likely designate lefty Ricardo Sánchez as their 29th player, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Thursday. Sánchez will join a host of players joining the team from the alternate training site in Springfield, Mo., including top prospect Dylan Carlson, first baseman John Nogowski, right-hander Seth Elledge and lefty Rob Kaminsky.
When the Cardinals get to Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday, it will be the first time that they’d gathered as a team since Aug 6, and 17 days since they played a game -- a 3-0 loss to the Twins on July 29. Individualized workouts have been allowed at Busch Stadium the past few days for players to be on the field one at a time with a coach and a trainer.