Major League Baseball announced on Thursday evening that Mets reliever Jacob Rhame has been suspended two games for throwing at Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s game. We discussed the issue at length here, so we won’t rehash the whole situation again.
Rhame can appeal his punishment. If he doesn’t, his suspension would begin on Friday night, when the Mets open up a three-game home series with the Brewers.
After Tuesday’s game, Rhame said of Hoskins’ reaction to the up-and-in pitch, “When you accidentally sail one, it’s probably pretty scary. I’d probably get [angry], too.” He did not admit to intentionally throwing at Hoskins, of course. MLB must have felt there was enough evidence and context to conclude that Rhame didn’t just miss his spot.
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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