Brandon McCarthy to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday

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Here’s some bad — but not unexpected — news.

According to MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy — who was diagnosed Monday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow — is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles. The procedure comes with a 12-15 month recovery timetable, so McCarthy probably won’t be back in the majors until next June or July.

McCarthy signed a four-year, $48 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The 31-year-old had a 5.87 ERA, 1.217 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 23 innings (four starts) this season with the Dodgers.

McCarthy, a smart, funny dude and one of the few athletes worth following on Twitter, told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he is “taking suggestions for hobbies.”

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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