Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that the Cleveland Indians have traded center fielder Leonys Martin to Cleveland in exchange for minor league shortstop Willi Castro. The Indians also acquired double-A righty Kyle Dowdy
Martin is hitting .251/.321/.409 with nine homers and seven stolen bases on the season. He’ll augment an addled Indians outfield, currently being manned by Michael Brantley, Rajai Davis, Greg Allen, Melky Cabrera and Brandon Guyer, most of whom are not helping the club too terribly much.
Castro, 21, currently plays in Double-A, hitting .245/.303/.350 for Akron. He’s considered the Indians’ number 9 prospect according to MLB.com.
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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