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Cincinnati Reds still scheduled to play Kansas City Royals on Tuesday

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 8/18/2020 Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer
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After the Cincinnati Reds had two games postponed last weekend because of a player's positive COVID-19 test, they are scheduled to resume their season Tuesday in Kansas City.

The Reds didn't receive a definitive green light from Major League Baseball on Monday, but they haven't had any additional positive tests and they are prepared to proceed with their trip Tuesday morning, sources told The Enquirer.

As the Reds await more testing results on Tuesday morning, they announced Luis Castillo will be Tuesday's starting pitcher with Trevor Bauer scheduled for Wednesday.  The rotation's order for the four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals, which is scheduled to begin Thursday, is Sonny Gray, Anthony DeSclafani, Wade Miley and Castillo. 

a sign on the side of a building: Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (26) enters the game to close the ninth inning of the MLB interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, July 25, 2020. The Tigers took the second game of the series 6-4. Jul 24, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports © Sam Greene Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Raisel Iglesias (26) enters the game to close the ninth inning of the MLB interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, July 25, 2020. The Tigers took the second game of the series 6-4. Jul 24, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Greene-USA TODAY Sports

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Teams typically fly the night before the first game of a series, but the Reds moved their charter flight to Kansas City to Tuesday morning. The new flight schedule gave them more time to wait for results because Monday was a scheduled off day.

One player received a positive COVID-19 test on Friday night. The entire team was tested on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings, and they've received results about 24 hours later. 

Players were not permitted to work out at Great American Ball Park. They drove to the ballpark to submit their saliva samples while remaining in their cars. Bauer said in his vlog that Commissioner Rob Manfred sent a private plane to collect the samples and fly them to the league's labs in Utah to expedite the results. 

Without any additional positive tests, the Reds expect MLB to clear them to travel to Kansas City. If there are more positive tests, their season would remain paused for at least a few more days. 

The unidentified player who tested positive Friday was the first Reds player to test positive on a league-administered test this season. Teams are not allowed to identify players who test positive unless the player gives the team permission because it's not considered a workplace injury from the sport's collective bargaining agreement. 

It's important to note the difference between a league-administered test and an expedited diagnostic test. Matt Davidson had a false positive on an expedited diagnostic test from a local health facility, but he was negative on all the league's tests and he tested negative for the antibodies.

Three more Reds players – Nick Senzel, Mike Moustakas and Joey Votto – missed games this season when they reported symptoms this season, but they all tested negative for COVID-19 afterward. Davidson missed six games, Senzel and Moustakas missed three, and Votto missed a doubleheader in Detroit. 

The Pittsburgh Pirates all tested negative, according to manager Derek Shelton, and they were cleared to use GABP for a workout Sunday. The Pirates are scheduled to play Cleveland in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. 

No make-up date was announced for the two postponed games between the Reds and the Pirates. The two teams were hopeful they could play a doubleheader on Monday's mutually-shared off-day, but Shelton said it wasn't cleared by MLB's protocols. The Pirates left Cincinnati on Sunday night. 

MLB announced that it postponed the games on Saturday and Sunday ""to allow for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process."

Assuming the Reds are cleared to play Tuesday, it will be the first time MLB didn't have a team sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test since July 26 – the fourth day of the 2020 season.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati Reds still scheduled to play Kansas City Royals on Tuesday

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