The positive coronavirus test that forced the Cincinnati Reds to postpone two games against Pittsburgh over the weekend also forced the Royals’ Matt Harvey to delay his yearlong wait to return to a big league mound.
The Reds and Royals were to begin a two-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday night, but Major League Baseball decided to postpone the game to give Cincinnati more time for testing. The clubs will play a doubleheader Wednesday with the first seven-inning game starting at 2:05 p.m. PDT and the second about 30 minutes after the first game ends.
“It’s not strange. It’s more exciting than anything,” Harvey said.
The Reds have not played since a player returned a positive test Friday night. More than 30 games involving 13 teams have been postponed because of positive tests since the 60-game season began in late July. The Royals had eight positive tests when workouts began but have had none during the season.
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