MLB Weekly Digest March 16th Edition: MLB Suspends Spring Training And Delays Regular Season by Two Weeks Due to Coronavirus


The last week in MLB was about spring training being suspended and delaying the start of the regular season, a starting pitcher in the American League has been shut down, and a team in the National League is working on an extension with a catcher.

MLB Suspends Spring Training And Delays Start of Regular Season Two Weeks Due to Coronavirus

The entire world has had their everyday lives impacted by coronavirus pandemic.

The virus has forced many professional leagues to take action.

The National Basketball Association was the first league to suspend their season when a player tested positive for COVID-19, per Sports Illustrated.

Major League Baseball, a couple of days ago provided a statement which said Spring Training games would be suspended, the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks and postponed the 2020 World Baseball Classic qualifying games.

The minor league baseball season has also been delayed due to the virus, per Minor League Baseball.

MLB announced a couple of days ago that Spring Training camps will be suspended, major league players had the option to return home, remain in their Spring Training cities, or return to their club’s home city, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

MLB sent out a memo to clubs yesterday, with a recommendation that clubs should avoid all activities in which players congregate in significant numbers or are otherwise unable to practice, per Sherman.

A reason why the memo was sent out is that a minor league player in the New York Yankees system tested positive for coronavirus, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.

MLB had to suspend Spring Training and delay the start of the season as a way to protect players and fans.

The league mentioned the season being delayed by at least two weeks, but it will be much longer than the given timeframe before we can think of baseball happening again.

It will be several months until coronavirus is gone, and when that happens, players will need to start Spring Training again.

The loss of baseball for an unknown amount of time is monumental, but the safety of our families and friends is more important.

Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander Shut Down Due to Lat Strain

The Houston Astros have shut down starting pitcher Justin Verlander after an MRI revealed a mild lat strain says Astros general manager James Click, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

The Astros didn’t provide a timeline of when they expect Verlander to return.

Verlander dealing with an injury is weird, as he’s been one of the most durable starting pitchers in recent memory, as he’s thrown at least 200 innings in 12 different years.

A lat strain is a type of injury in which a pitcher can recover in a couple of weeks or months. It varies for everyone.

The best course of action the Astros can take is to allow Verlander to rest the injury.

St. Louis Cardinals Working on Extension with Catcher Yadier Molina

The St. Louis Cardinals are working on an extension with catcher Yadier Molina, per Mark Saxon of The Athletic.

Molina has said he prefers to either remain with the Cardinals or retire.

The extension would cover the 2021 season and probably the 2022 season as well.

Molina has spent his entire 16-year career with the Cardinals and is coming off a strong 2019 season.

The veteran backstop posted a .270 batting average and .711 OPS in 113 games with 24 doubles, 10 home runs, 57 RBIs, and six stolen bases last year.

Molina has had a Hall-of-Fame worthy career, and it would be nice if he could retire as a member of the Cardinals.

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