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Jeff McNeil suffers fractured wrist on HBP

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Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil was hit on the right wrist by a Josh Smith fastball in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s game. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, McNeil suffered a distal ulnar fracture. Needless to say, his season is over.

McNeil finished the game 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored, and a pair of runs batted in. .318/.384/.531 with 23 home runs, 75 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 567 plate appearances. FanGraphs credits him with 4.5 Wins Above Replacement, 16th-best in the National League and only 0.3 WAR behind Pete Alonso for the team lead.

The Mets should provide an update on Thursday, perhaps with a timetable for McNeil’s recovery.

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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