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J.P. Crawford to miss at least two weeks with strained hamstring

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Per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, Mariners GM Jerry DiPoto said on Wednesday that shortstop J.P. Crawford is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a Grade 1 strained hamstring. It’s not clear exactly when Crawford suffered the injury but he hasn’t played since August 30.

Crawford, 24, has hit .241/.322/.397 with 30 extra-base hits, 40 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 338 plate appearances this season.

The Mariners have tagged Dylan Moore to handle shortstop while Crawford is on the mend. Moore, a utilityman who has played every position but catcher this season, has a comparable .217/.321/.399 batting line on the year across 235 plate appearances.

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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