OAKLAND — Major League Baseball has postponed Monday’s three-game series opener between the A’s and Twins at the Coliseum to allow for further testing and contact tracing for COVID-19 involving members of the Twins organization.
The Twins learned that a member of their traveling party tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Friday night following their game against the Angels in Anaheim. Minnesota’s scheduled games for Saturday and Sunday were postponed on Saturday morning, with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli later revealing during his session with reporters that day that two additional players had also tested positive.
A traditional doubleheader between the A’s and Twins is tentatively scheduled for 3:30 p.m. PT on Tuesday at the Coliseum, pending continued test results.
The A’s were scheduled to start left-hander Jesús Luzardo on Monday, followed by left-hander Sean Manaea and right-hander Frankie Montas over the final two games of the series against Minnesota. Manager Bob Melvin was unsure of how the postponement might affect those pitching plans.
“I don’t know yet,” Melvin said before Sunday’s game against the Tigers. “We’ll take a look at the scenarios. This is all just coming my way.”
The A’s announced that all single-game ticket buyers holding tickets for Monday’s game will receive an automatic refund. A’s FlexTix holders will receive replacement vouchers to their accounts that can be used on tickets for another A’s home game.