Yadier Molina top St. Louis Cardinals’ player saying he tested positive for coronavirus

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul DeJong, left, is congratulated by teammate Yadier Molina after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of an exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals in St. Louis on July 22. The Cardinals announced Tuesday that DeJong and Molina are among six of the players who have tested positive for coronavirus. The others are infielders Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo, and pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. (AP file photo)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life — with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The Cardinals announced later Tuesday that they had placed Molina, DeJong, Sosa, Fernandez and Whitley on the injured list. They also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller (right ankle bursitis) from the injured list. More transactions are expected today.

The Cardinals’ coronavirus outbreak resulted in the postponement of St. Louis’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday.