After a month on the disabled list with a calf injury Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.
Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that Victorino will be in the lineup tonight at Triple-A, playing right field. Barring any setbacks a return to Boston early next week seems doable.
In between DL stints Victorino played 20 games this season, hitting .255 with one homer and a .724 OPS. Boston recently demoted $72.5 million prospect Rusney Castillo back to Triple-A, seemingly clearing the way for a Victorino/Alejandro De Aza playing time split in right field.
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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