Brock Holt sent to Pittsburgh to see concussion specialist

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Brock Holt will miss his sixth straight start tonight and Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com reports that he was sent to Pittsburgh to see a concussion specialist.

Holt left a game last Friday due to dizziness, but Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters this afternoon that they now believe that his symptoms could date back to a collision with teammate Dustin Pedroia from back on August 25. You can watch the play here.

“The only thing we cant race back is when he and Dustin collided in Toronto,” manager John Farrell said. “He didn’t complain of anything in the moment, the tests that are conducted on everyone after some impact was negative. he played regularly from that point.

“When he came out of the game in Boston (on Sept. 5), at the time we thought it was consistent with the illness, but the illness that he and his wife were dealing with, once that subsided some of the symptoms remained and we’re going to take every precaution necessary.”

With Brock’s status in question and Pedroia done for the year after wrist surgery, the Red Sox plan to use Mookie Betts as their regular second baseman the rest of the way. He’s still viewed as an outfielder for the long-term, but the Red Sox want to clear up a potential logjam in the outfield with Rusney Castillo expected to make his way to the majors soon.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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