Moments before the San Francisco Giants were set to open Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, the game was abruptly postponed.
The Giants confirmed there’s been a positive COVID-19 test within the organization, which immediately forced the postponement of Friday’s game. Saturday night’s game at Petco Park also was called off. The teams are still scheduled to play Sunday, but that game is in jeopardy too.
It is not clear whether a player, coach or staff member tested positive, but MLB is expected to announce the additional information regarding the status of the series as soon as possible.
A few minutes before right fielder Mike Yastrzemski was set to lead off against San Diego Padres starter Garrett Richards, Giants trainer Dave Groeschner emerged from the clubhouse and informed the umpiring crew of the positive test result.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler and general manager Scott Harris gathered in front of the dugout while players exited the dugout and bullpen with their gear in hand.
The Giants must now perform contact tracing to determine which individuals were in close contact with the person who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. San Francisco is the first National League West team to have a positive test within the organization since the beginning of the season and the game between the Giants and Padres is the first postponement this season involving NL West teams due to COVID-19.
The organization had multiple players test positive during the intake process prior to summer camp, but had not had any members of the organization test positive since the beginning of July.
The Giants are the second West Coast team to have a positive test within the organization responsible for the postponement of at least one game, joining the Oakland A’s who did not play from Aug. 30-Sept. 3 after a player tested positive for COVID-19.
The Padres and Giants could have an opportunity to make up Friday’s game and games that will likely be postponed on Saturday and Sunday during the final weekend of the regular season when San Francisco plays host to San Diego at Oracle Park.
MLB has had two large outbreaks among teams this season with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals both missing more than a week of games after multiple players with each club tested positive during the early stages of the regular season.