Javier Báez has fractured left thumb

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Cubs infielder Javier Báez received some bad news on Saturday: he’s been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his left thumb, and it’s not certain when he might be cleared to play again this season. He’s expected to consult with the club’s hand specialist on Monday, at which point they’ll have a better idea of how long his recovery might take.

Báez, 26, sustained the injury during a stolen base attempt in the third inning of the Cubs’ 4-0 loss to the Brewers last Sunday. He appeared to feel some initial pain, but was not removed from the game until the seventh inning. Per MLB.com’s Andrew Simon, Báez continued to feel some discomfort in his left hand when he swung the bat on Thursday and Friday, and was eventually sent for an MRI that revealed the fracture in his thumb.

Should he wind up on the injured list — which seems like all but an inevitability at this point — it’ll be his first IL stint of the season and just the second of his major-league career to date. Through Sunday’s performance, the two-time All-Star is batting .281/.316/.532 with 29 home runs, an .848 OPS, and 4.3 fWAR through 560 plate appearances. He’ll continue to be replaced by fellow middle infielder Addison Russell until his return to the lineup.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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