Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech repeatedly tops 100 MPH in return to mound

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White Sox starter Michael Kopech returned to the mound on Monday, appearing in a competitive game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in September 2018. The right-hander looked quite good, repeatedly topping 100 MPH with his fastball in a perfect first inning. He threw 11 pitches, getting a pair of ground outs before striking out Greg Bird to end the inning. Six of those pitches registered in triple digits.

Per Jack Thompson of the Associated Press, Kopech said he “might have been a little geeked.” He added, “I felt really good. I was able to command my fastball after those first two [pitches] and aside from that, just go out there and get an inning under my belt.”

Kopech is expected to take the mound again on Sunday against the Mariners. He isn’t a candidate to make the Opening Day roster, but he should join the rotation in May if he continues to pitch well.

The 23-year-old Kopech has four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018. He gave up eight runs on 20 hits and two walks with 15 strikeouts over 14 1/3 innings. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

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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