Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

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The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway.

As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under 17 inches of snow.  Sunday’s game between the Giants and Vikings had already been postponed to Monday night, and now it might have to be moved to another location.

There obviously isn’t enough time to set up a football grid at Target Field.  The University of Minnesota has an outdoor football stadium in the area, so that’s an option if the snow stops and can be cleared in time.

No injuries have yet been reported and PFT is hearing that the Metrodome was empty at the time of the roof collapse.  Of course, there’s little doubt that it’s going to be an expensive fix.

UPDATE: Wow.  CNN shares this must-see picture of the collapsed Metrodome roof.  Looking rough.

UPDATE II: ESPN 1500 Twin Cities has an incredible gallery of shots from inside the Metrodome.  There is a tear in the roof that seems to be getting bigger by the minute.

UPDATE III: The Big Lead passes along this FOX Sports video of the Metrodome roof collapse with several indoor angles.  It’s an incredible sight.

Cardinals place Adam Wainwright on 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation

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The Cardinals placed right-hander Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation, the team announced Sunday. The move is retroactive to April 20. In a corresponding move, reliever John Brebbia was recalled from Triple-A Memphis.

This is the second time Wainwright has landed on the disabled list in a month, albeit the first time due to issues with his pitching arm. While the 36-year-old hurler doesn’t believe he’ll be out for long, the Cardinals won’t take any chances with a potential elbow injury, especially as Wainwright is just six months removed from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow. As the extent of the issue has yet to be revealed, no specific timetable has been given for his return to the mound just yet.

The veteran righty earned his first win of 2018 last Tuesday, holding the Cubs to just four hits and one run over five innings during the Cardinals’ 5-3 win. He hasn’t looked particularly dominant on the mound, however, with eight walks and two home runs spoiling 15 2/3 innings of work so far this season.

The Cardinals have yet to announce a replacement for Wainwright in the rotation, but right-hander Jack Flaherty looks to be available to make a spot start if need be. Flaherty is 3-0 through three starts in Triple-A this spring, with a 2.25 ERA, 1.4 BB/9 and 9.0 SO/9 through 20 innings. He logged one start at the major-league level, delivering five innings of one-run, nine-strikeout ball in a 5-4 loss to the Brewers earlier this month.