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Per a report, Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is among the players who tested positive for coronavirus

Things have gone from bad to worse for the St. Louis Cardinals throughout the weekend. On Friday, it was announced two players had tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to the team’s showdown with the Brewers to be postponed.

On Saturday morning, at least five additional members of the organization tested positive, with Saturday’s game also being postponed as as result.

While the identities of those who have the coronavirus have not been announced, we have learned through MLB Insider Robert Murray that stud hurler Carlos Martinez is among the players with COVID-19.

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Martinez, who has been with the club since 2013, has made one start thus far in the shortened season, giving up six earned runs and two homers.

However, that outing doesn’t mean a thing right now, as the organization is undoubtedly doing everything they can to make sure he’s staying safe and can return to full health as soon as possible following his diagnosis.

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St. Louis is one of several teams who has been rocked with negative coronavirus news. The Miami Marlins are now up to nearly 20 positive cases throughout the organization. The Phillies also received multiple positive tests this week and decided to pause all baseball activities until further notice.

With the Cardinals seeing their cases rise, including Martinez testing positive, it may be a little while until we see the team back in action. The last thing anyone wants is for the virus to continue to spread among players and to other teams.

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We’re facing some uncertain times in the bigs right now. Unfortunately, more troubling news for players and teams could still be on the way.

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NFL, union agree to extend daily coronavirus testing

The NFL extended daily coronavirus testing for players and staff until further notice even though the positive test rate from the first two weeks of camp has been less than 1 percent.

Under the original agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, players and staff needed three negative tests in a four-day period before they could report to the facility and then daily testing for the next two weeks.

If the positive rate from that first stretch of daily testing was below 5 percent, the plan had been to shift to testing every other day.

But the league and the union decided Wednesday to extend that period as they use more rapid onsite testing and as contact increases when padded practices start around the league next week.

“I think the bottom line is we’re continuing to learn a great deal from our testing results,” said Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer. “I think that given the protocol changes that we recently made, as well as the use of this additional point of care technology and the recognition that we’re about to go into more of team-based activity during training camp, that we and the Players Association together felt it was prudent to extend the daily testing.”

Sills reported that there were 53 new positives out of 2,840 tests of players upon arrival, which works out to 1.9%. The rate of new positives for all staff upon arrival was at 1.7%

Since then, the league has conducted 109,075 tests through Tuesday with 0.46% of all tests coming up as positive and 0.81% of players testing positive.

“I think we were pleasantly surprised at how few positive tests we had,” Sills said of the initial results. “I think since that time, that positivity rate that I gave you reflects the fact that our teams have done, and our players, staff and coaches have done, a terrific job of staying uninfected.”

Sills said some of those positives tests could be false positives or reflect people who previously had coronavirus and still test positive for it.

While some players have been on the reserve/COVID-19 list for more than two weeks, Sills said he has no reports of anyone having any player having serious complications.

Sills said the league is monitoring any heart problems for players who test positive. There have been reports of several college football players contracting myocarditis, inflammation of the heart muscle, after getting coronavirus. The protocols the NFL has with the union already require heart tests for players who have tested positive before they are allowed to return.

“I think they’re important and ongoing conversations when players have tested positive about what those screening tests mean and what’s the best way to rule out any of those complications,” Sills said.

“So it is something we’ll continue to monitor. I think one of the opportunities that we will have will be to contribute our data as we’ve done all these evaluations and look at that group as a whole and see what we’ve learned and what the outcomes have showed us, because that’s obviously an important issue right now for all of the sports medicine world.”

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