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Twins examine protocols after two Cardinals test positive for COVID-19

La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

Published in Baseball

MINNEAPOLIS -- St. Louis Cardinals players were tested for coronavirus on Wednesday at Target Field, played the Twins that night, then headed for Milwaukee. Cleveland moved into the same clubhouse on Thursday and played the Twins in the first of a four-game series.

On Friday, the Cardinals got their test results and two players were positive for COVID-19.

That raised two immediate questions at Target Field.

First, were Cleveland personnel exposed to the virus by using the same dressing room?

And second, were Twins players exposed on the field when facing the Cardinals in a two-game series?

The Twins-Cleveland series went on after both teams discussed the possibility of postponing Friday. In the end, the Cleveland side was satisfied with the explanation of the thorough disinfection the clubhouse went through. And Twins players were quickly tested, with no positives reported. Friday was a regular testing day for Cleveland.

 

Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey said the team had rapid nasal swab testing, with results in a half-hour.

"That doesn't mean we're entirely in the clear -- we have to make sure that we test and monitor over the next few days," he said.

Manager Rocco Baldelli said players started lining up for tests at 1 p.m.

"We knew we were probably going to have days like this," he said. "How they were going to go exactly? We weren't sure. It went relatively smoothly to this point.

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