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Tigers place Jordan Zimmerman on 10-day injured list with UCL sprain

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The Tigers have placed right-hander Jordan Zimmerman on the 10-day injured list with a ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow, per an announcement on Friday. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Zac Reininger was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and will be made available to pitch during Friday’s series opener against the White Sox. MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports that Zimmerman is expected to rest for 5-7 days before entering a rehab program and will likely miss a total of three or four weeks.

Zimmerman, 32, was pulled after tossing just three innings against the Red Sox on Thursday. He allowed five runs on five hits and three walks and struck out two of 16 batters before he was forced to leave with soreness in his elbow. According to comments from manager Ron Gardenhire, the elbow discomfort was a new sensation for Zimmerman, who had not reported any similar feeling prior to the assignment and did not appear to be in visible pain while pitching.

This is the first time Zimmerman has dealt with elbow issues in nearly a decade. He underwent Tommy John surgery back in the summer of 2009, but has not suffered similar injuries in the nine major-league seasons that followed. So far in 2019, he carried an 0-4 record with a 5.93 ERA, 3.3 BB/9, 6.2 SO/9, and 0.2 fWAR through 30 1/3 innings. A rotation replacement has yet to be announced.

Reininger, 26, logged just one appearance in the big leagues this spring. He’s collected several cups of coffee in each of his past two seasons with the Tigers, but has yet to replicate his pristine Triple-A numbers on the major-league level. He currently holds a 0.90 ERA in Triple-A after opening the season with 10 innings of one-run, five-walk, nine-strikeout ball.

Fans allowed at NLCS, World Series in Texas

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NEW YORK — Fans can take themselves out to the ball game for the first time this season during the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

Major League Baseball said Wednesday that about 11,500 tickets will be available for each game. That is about 28% of the 40,518-capacity, retractable-roof stadium of the Texas Rangers, which opened this year adjacent to old Globe Life Park, the team’s open-air home from 1994 through 2019.

The World Series is being played at a neutral site for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. It will be played at one stadium for the first time since the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Browns at Sportsman’s Park in 1944.

Some of the seats will be included in presales for Texas Rangers season ticket holders on Friday and subscribers on Monday, and others are set aside for MLB and players.

Tickets are priced at $40-250 for the NLCS and $75-450 for the World Series, and 10,550 seats in the regular sections of the ballpark and 950 in suites will be sold in “pods” of four contiguous seats.

Each pod will be distanced by at least 6 feet and a checkerboard pattern will be used, with alternating rows of seats in the middle or rows and at the ends. Unsold seats will be tied back.

No seats will be sold in the first six rows within 20 feet of the field, dugouts or bullpen. Fans will not be allowed to the lowest level, which is reserved for MLB’s tier one personnel, such as players and managers.

Masks are mandatory for fans except while they are eating or drinking at their ticketed seats. Concessions and parking will be cashless, and the team’s concessionaire, Delaware North, is planning wrapped items.

The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be being played at neutral sites because of the coronavirus .pandemic.

MLB played the entire regular season without fans and also the first round of the playoffs with no fans. For the first time since spring training was interrupted on March 12, club employees and player families were allowed to attend games this week.

While Texas is allowing up to 50% capacity at venues, MLB did not anticipate having government permission for fans to attend postseason games at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles or Petco Park in San Diego, where AL playoff games are scheduled.

Globe Life Field has been the site of more than 50 graduations, but the Rangers played their home games in an empty ballpark.

The Rangers will recommend to MLB that the roof be kept open when possible, executive vice president of business operations Rob Matwick said, but the team understands it will be closed in the event of rain. Matwick said MLB made the decision not to sell seats for the Division Series.

Other than 1944, the only times the World Series was held at one site came in 1921 and 1922, when the New York Giants and Yankees both played home games at the Polo Grounds. Yankee Stadium opened in 1923.