The White Sox-Guardians match has been postponed as Cleveland responds to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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The match was postponed for the first time in the 2022 season due to the spread of COVID-19. The Guardians-White Sox match, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, has been postponed due to testing positive within the Cleveland roster.

Here is the full statement from MLB.

After testing positive for COVID-19 multiple times within the Cleveland Guardians organization, this afternoon’s road game against the Chicago White Sox at the Guaranteed Ratio Field was postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing. Major League Baseball will provide rescheduling updates as they become available.

According to MLB Mandy Bell“Staff in different uniforms and some travel support staff” also tested positive, along with longtime Cleveland manager Terry Francona and bench coach DeMarlo Hale.

A number of teams have tested positive this season and have undergone some level of roster fluctuations, but until Wednesday the schedule has not been changed by COVID-19. For reference, the 2022 schedule is already compressed due to owner lockouts that span most of the off-season and has pushed the opening date back about a week.

MLB has been dealing with COVID-related setbacks since spring 2020. Spring 2020 training was suspended as the pandemic escalated, and the regular season was eventually shortened to 60 games. In 2021, the season will be shorter than usual due to travel and ballpark capacity restrictions due to COVID.

The hope, of course, is that what happened in Chicago on Wednesday isn’t the first of many cancellations. If that scenario comes true, MLB could see the return of a more stringent protocol.

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