MLBPA will be monitoring how Cubs handle Kris Bryant

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Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant is just about ready to become a major leaguer. If there were no service time stipulations to heed, he would likely start the season as the Cubs’ Opening Day third baseman, but instead, he’ll be with Triple-A Iowa.

MLBPA executive director Tony Clark will be monitoring how the Cubs handle Bryant and his service time, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

“We have always (believed) – and will continue to believe – that it’s in everyone’s best interests to have the best players playing at any particular time,” Clark said. “Any rules that are in place that some may be using against the spirit of how they may have been designed, we don’t believe (that’s) in anyone’s best interest – the fans, or anyone that loves our games, the players, or even the clubs for that matter.

“We will continue – as we always have – to monitor those types of scenarios and situations in the hopes that everybody does what’s best for the game.”

Clubs often keep prospects in the minor leagues until late May or early June when they would otherwise have already been in the major leagues in order to maintain an extra year of control.

Bryant, 23, was rated a top-10 prospect by both MLB.com and Baseball America going into the 2014 season. He began 2014 with Double-A Tennessee for the first time, and posted a 1.160 OPS with 22 home runs and 58 RBI in 297 plate appearances. Bryant was promoted to Triple-A in June, and put up similar numbers: a 1.036 OPS with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 297 PA.

The Cubs, who traded away third baseman Luis Valbuena to the Astros over the offseason, will use Mike Olt at the hot corner until Bryant is ready.

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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