MLB: Reds, Pirates games postponed after COVID-19 positive

FILE PHOTO: Aug 14, 2020; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Reds players watch from the dugout during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball (MLB) postponed a Saturday and a Sunday game between the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates after a Reds player tested positive for COVID-19.

The two games - which were set to take place in Cincinnati - were put on hold while MLB conducts additional tests and contact tracing. The identity of the player who tested positive was not disclosed.

The postponement is the latest disruption to MLB’s shortened season, which started last month after weeks of delay due to the coronavirus outbreak, as positive tests on teams including the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals forced last-minute schedule changes.

Last week the league introduced stricter health and safety protocols in order to mitigate the risks posed to players amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

Reporting by Amy Tennery; Editing by Christian Radnedge