Twins right-hander Phil Hughes has struggled for much of the season following a breakout 2014 campaign, allowing the most hits and homers in the league. He had a particularly rough outing Sunday, giving up seven runs in three innings, and now he’s been placed on the disabled list with a back injury.
Minnesota was already in need of a spot starter Saturday, so Hughes’ injury led the Twins to shake up the entire rotation. Trevor May, who was sent to the bullpen in early July and hasn’t thrown more than 30 pitches in a game since July 1, will start Friday on what figures to be a limited pitch count.
Tyler Duffey, who got knocked around in his MLB debut last week and was immediately demoted back to Triple-A, will be called up to start Saturday. And then veteran left-hander Tommy Milone will come off the disabled list to start Sunday.
All while the Twins’ best pitching prospect, Jose Berrios, remains at Triple-A where the 21-year-old former first-round draft pick has a 3.02 ERA and 43/12 K/BB ratio in 45 innings.
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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