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Justin Verlander shut down due to a strained lat

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The Houston Astros already lost Gerrit Cole to free agency. Now they may be without co-ace Justin Verlander for a time too: general manager James Click just announced that Verlander has a strained lat muscle. He has been shut down.

Verlander left yesterday’s spring training game after just two innings and manager Dusty Baker described it as a sore triceps. Baker is no doctor, obviously, and the people who are obviously found something worse than that. Though perhaps not terrible, as Click said it was a mild strain and that “by and large, the news we got today was on the positive side.” Still, there is no timetable at the moment for Verlander’s return and no sense if he’ll be ready to answer the bell when the season starts.

Updates on Verlander’s prognosis, obviously, when they come.

UPDATE:

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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