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Cubs place Craig Kimbrel on IL with knee inflammation


Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel will be placed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right knee. The Cubs are hopeful he will need only the minimum 10 days on the sideline.

Kimbrel, 31, has struggled since making his 2019 season debut on June 27 after signing a three-year, $43 million contract in early June. He has allowed eight runs on 13 hits and eight walks with 17 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.

Steve Cishek would seem to be the first candidate to handle save situations for the Cubs while Kimbrel is out. He has seven saves and a 2.94 ERA this season.

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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