by Steve Mancuso

MLB: Tuesday Reds game postponed, Wednesday 5:05 pm DH in KC

MLB has made it official that the Reds game tonight in Kansas City has been postponed and the league is looking at a double-header of 7-inning games tomorrow. No word yet on which player(s) will be held out of the series.

The Reds characterize the additional delay as “an abundance of caution.” MLB sources refer to this schedule as “just to be safe” or “cautious.” But those statements are not correct. A postponement is being safer and more cautious than it would be going ahead with the game.

But giving the go-ahead tomorrow isn’t safe or cautious.

Reds players, coaches, etc. were exposed to Player A as recently as Friday night. The *average* incubation period is thought to be 4-5 days maybe as high as 7, with the outer edge 14.

The word “abundance” means a large quantity of something. Negative test results so far are a good sign. But those involved are still nowhere near out of the enhanced risk period. That includes Reds players, coaches, staff and the people they go home to.

It hasn’t even been 4 full days yet since the last known exposure.

Steve Mancuso is a lifelong Reds fan who grew up during the Big Red Machine era. He’s been writing about the Reds for more than ten years. Steve’s fondest memories about the Reds include attending a couple 1975 World Series games, being at Homer Bailey’s second no-hitter and going nuts for Jay Bruce at Clinchmas. Steve was also at all three games of the 2012 NLDS, but it’s too soon to talk about that.

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pinson343
pinson343
2 months ago

I’d like to see them postpone the double header against KC. Not only because of the health risk that Steve mentions, but also for the mundane reason that this would allow Bauer and Castillo to pitch against the Cardinals. If they both pitch in a double header tomorrow, neither pitches against the Cardinals.

pinson343
pinson343
2 months ago

For the second game of tomorrow’s scheduled DH, the Reds pitcher is now listed as TBD. That’s hopeful in terms of Bauer being pushed back to the St. Louis series. The Reds have plenty of other options for that second game.

pinson343
pinson343
2 months ago
Reply to  pinson343

Oh well. If Bauer wants to pitch tomorrow, that’s probably related to the days he’s been warming up. If the DH is played, hopefully the Reds sweep.