According to MASN’s Dan Kolko, Nationals catcher Spencer Kieboom lost his tooth and spit it out while walking to the plate for his fifth inning plate appearance against Phillies starter Nick Pivetta in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Kieboom proceeded to, of course, blast his first major league home run — a solo shot to right field to break a scoreless tie.
It’s not yet known what caused Kieboom’s tooth to become loose. Kolko and others will presumably find out after the game.
Kieboom, 27, entered Tuesday’s action batting a paltry .198/.281/.248 with six RBI in 114 plate appearances. It came at a cost, but he padded his stat line a bit with the dinger.
Update (7:00 PM ET): Per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, Kieboom lost his tooth — a veneer — while eating a baguette this morning. He plans to get it fixed during the Nationals’ next off-day, which is September 19. Kieboom did not spit out his tooth just ahead of his fifth-inning at-bat as many thought.
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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