The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to get their arms around a COVID-19 outbreak, which first showed up on positive tests beginning back on Thursday. At last check, they had 13 cases – seven players, and six staff – and the plan was to resume their season on Friday against the Cubs. We’ll see.
In the meantime, one of the seven player positives has chosen to share his news, and it is catcher Yadi Molina:
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Buen dia! Me entristece haber dado positivo por COVID-19, incluso después de haber seguido con las recomendaciones de prevención. Haré todo lo que esté a mi alcance para regresar lo antes posible para los fanáticos de los Cardenales, la ciudad de San Luis y mis compañeros de equipo. A medida que me recupero, solicito que respeten mi privacidad y la de mi familia durante mi ausencia del equipo. Bendiciones!
For those of us who do not speak Spanish, here’s the Google Translate (which tends to be pretty accurate with Spanish): “I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after following the prevention recommendations. I will do everything in my power to return as soon as possible for fans of the Cardinals, the city of St. Louis and my teammates. As I recover, I request that my privacy and that of my family be respected during my absence from the team. Blessings!”
Molina, 38, is obviously a critical member of the Cardinals roster, as he has been for more than a decade. It’s not just what he does at or behind the plate, but his work with the pitching staff and his leadership in the clubhouse. Losing him for any length of time is a serious blow to the Cardinals.
But more than that, as with anyone who reveals that they’ve tested positive for COVID-19, you just want to say that the message is appreciated – more publish awareness is still good – and that you hope he recovers quickly and completely. All the best to Molina and his family.