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Wait and see.

For now, that’s all the Detroit Tigers can do as the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic ratchets up around Major League Baseball.

USA TODAY reported commissioner Rob Manfred warned union chief Tony Clark on Friday that the season could be shut down unless players start showing more discipline in containing the recent outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests.

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The Tigers could be caught right in the middle of the situation with four games scheduled to start Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals, who had to isolate Friday in their Milwaukee hotel and postpone that night’s game against the Brewers when at least two players tested positive.

On Saturday morning, it was revealed that another Cardinals player had tested positive for COVID-19 along with three staff members and that Saturday’s game in Milwaukee was also postponed.

“We heard about it,” Gardenhire said. “We’re just waiting to see what happens. We can’t control that. We’re trying to get ready for a game today and we’ll see what happens. Yeah, that’s some tough stuff.”

Gardenhire said there isn’t much more the team can do, other than to monitor the Cardinals’ situation.

“We’re just preparing to play today and try to beat the weather today and then lock it up again tomorrow and see what happens after that,” he said before Saturday’s rainout. “We can’t control any of that. Just do our thing here.”

Sticking together

After the Tigers beat Cincinnati on Friday, Red outfielder Nick Castellanos praised his former team for their camaraderie, according to MLB.com.

The Tigers improved to 5-3 after Friday and have looked like a much-improved team from last year’s squad that lost 114 games.

Gardenhire said the team stuck together and grew from that difficult experience.

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“It was a tough year,” he said. “We talked about this a lot. You lose 114 games and you try to find a silver lining in the middle of that. Some guys gaining experience, they learn and they learn to trust each other because when you’re going through a season like that you have to find ways to stick together. And I thought our guys did a really nice job of playing hard all year and had each other’s back going through that because it can turn ugly and it’s not fun for anybody involved. Honestly, i didn’t feel that bad about it because i just knew they gave us everything they had.”

This year, it’s been a blend of young players and veterans who have helped pave the way to success.

“So now coming into this year we’ve added some people,” Gardenhire said. “I think we’ll start seeing the horizon of something and turn it into something good. We have a lot of talented people on the way here. We have veterans here that are helping us. So there’s good things that are going to happen to this organization. That’s just my feeling. There’s no guarantees on it. That’s my feeling.”

Contact Carlos Monarrez at cmonarrez@freepress.com and follow him on Twitter @cmonarrez.

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