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Mike Moustakas, Nick Senzel win appeal, return to Reds

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Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Nick Senzel recently self-reported symptoms and were held out of action out of an abundance of caution. After testing negative for COVID-19, the duo filed an appeal, as Craig noted earlier. C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports that Moustakas and Senzel earned a win in their appeal and are back in the Reds’ lineup for Wednesday night’s game against the Cubs.

The Reds, expected to contend in the NL Central this season, are off to a disappointing 1-4 start. The lineup has sorely missed the bats of Moustakas and Senzel, something to which outfielder Nick Castellanos spoke while they were absent. Castellanos said, “If you look at our lineup, unfortunately with some of these f***ing protocols, you know, Moose and Senzel both have negative tests, but they are unable to play until Thursday. That’s obviously been a big letdown because both of them are big parts of our lineup.”

Moustakas, 31, was one of the Reds’ big gets in the offseason, signing a four-year, $64 million contract in December. Last year with the Brewers, he posted an .845 OPS along with 35 homers and 87 RBI across 584 plate appearances.

Senzel, 25, is entering his sophomore season. Last year, he racked up 20 doubles, 12 homers, and 14 stolen bases with a .742 OPS across 414 trips to the plate.

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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