The news broke late last night that a Reds player has tested positive for COVID-19. From The Athetic’s Ken Rosenthal:
A Reds player has tested positive for COVID-19, sources tell The Athletic. Team defeated Pirates on Friday night, scheduled to host them again at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday. Status of that game not yet known.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 15, 2020
Then, this morning, some more bad news from ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Today's game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed in the wake of the positive COVID-19 test on the Reds, a source familiar with the situation tells ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 15, 2020
We haven’t heard about the status of Sunday’s game, but it’s not looking particularly good. Presumably, today’s scheduled starter Trevor Bauer would pitch in that game, or in one of the games in a doubleheader on Monday if Sunday’s game is postponed.
We also don’t know anything about the identity of the player, as of this writing on Saturday morning. More on that when we hear it.
It’s been speculated that the player could be Nick Senzel, who was escorted off of the field by J.R. House after last night’s game before the post-game handshake line. Senzel reportedly had an angry reaction to that incident, and the Reds’ body language post-game seemed a lot more somber than it would have in a dominant win like they had last night.
If Sunday’s game is postponed, the Reds would likely play in a doubleheader on Monday and have the remaining game made up later this season, since the Pirates will be here two more times before the end of the year.