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Nationals interested in Bud Norris

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The Nationals’ bullpen is a tire fire. They could go out and do something like get Craig Kimbrel but that would be crazy because it would cost money, so they’re thinking about doing the next (add about 13 “nexts”) best thing: possibly signing Bud Norris. That’s the story from Jon Heyman, anyway, who says the Nats are interested in the veteran reliever.

I kid — Norris is a totally decent reliever. He had a bad spring, though, being released by the Blue Jays after dealing with a forearm injury and appearing in only three Grapefruit League games. Last year he posted 3.59 ERA with 28 saves and a 67/21 K/BB ratio over 57.3 innings with the Cardinals.

If he’s healthy, he can be useful.

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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