Royals sign three-time All-Star Rafael Furcal

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Veteran infielder Rafael Furcal, who’s currently rehabbing a torn hamstring suffered while playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic, has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals.

Unlike most veterans inking minor-league deals Furcal did not receive an invitation to big-league camp, although it’s sort of a non-factor because he’s not even healthy enough to play in games yet.

And that’s basically been the story of Furcal’s post-30 career thanks to endless injuries. He appeared in just nine games for the Marlins last year, didn’t play in the majors at all in 2013, and hasn’t topped a .700 OPS since 2010 with the Dodgers.

In other words, he’s a long shot to make it back to the majors at age 37. But for some no-risk depth, the Royals probably figured why not.

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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