Within two hours of the announcement that the Milwaukee Brewers would have to postpone their second game of this weekend's series at Miller Park against the St. Louis Cardinals, Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain has informed the team that he is opting out of the 2020 MLB season.
David Stearns, the General Manager of the Brewers, released this statement: “Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season. We fully support Lorenzo’s decision, and will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse.”
Cain, a two-time All Star, won a Golden Glove Award last season.
Several Cardinals players had tested positive for COVID-19, initially forcing the postponement of Friday night's scheduled game at Miller Park. The game was rescheduled for Sunday as part of a doubleheader. This morning, it was announced that Saturday's game would also be postponed, calling Sunday's planned games into question as well.
This may all be a moot point by Monday. Reports are surfacing that Major League Baseball is telling broadcast partners to have alternate programming ready in case they cancel or delay the entire season. According to this report from CBS.com (via ESPN's Jeff Passan), MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told MLB Players Association head Tony Clark on Friday that the season could be scrapped if the league's COVID-19 numbers continue to get worse. We'll see.
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