After a brief scare and a few postponements, the San Francisco Giants are back in action. The Giants had their Friday and Saturday games against the San Diego Padres postponed after one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus.
But following further testing to not just the player but the Giants entire traveling party, MLB concluded that it was a false positive, and that the Giants are coronavirus free. The two teams will play a Sunday doubleheader, beginning at 1:10 p.m.
Update from Major League Baseball: pic.twitter.com/OfDMePo4fs— SFGiants (@SFGiants) September 13, 2020
The doubleheaders will be seven innings long, and the teams will be able to add one player from their taxi squad to the active roster for the day. The teams will still have one game left to make up, which will likely result in a doubleheader during the final series of the season, when the teams meet at Oracle Park.
It’s also possible that they play a make-up game on Thursday at Safeco Field. The Giants conclude a road series against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday, and the Padres begin one on Friday. All three teams have Thursday off.
It’s good baseball news, but much more importantly, it’s just good news in general for the Giants, and the player who initially tested positive. News of a positive test on the team was scary, and a reminder that the ongoing pandemic is much more important than the baseball season. A false positive is the best news possible, for a number of reasons.
And now instead of zero baseball games today, you get two baseball games. That’s always good, especially if you’re not into the whole football thing.