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Angels RHP Justin Anderson to miss 4-6 weeks with oblique injury

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Los Angeles Angels right-hander Justin Anderson will be sidelined for four to six weeks after injuring his oblique muscle while playing catch, manager Joe Maddon said Thursday.

Anderson said he got hurt Tuesday. He only had a few throws left when he abruptly felt pain “like somebody stabbed me in my side,” he said.

Anderson, a former 14th-round pick who made his major league debut in 2018, missed a chunk of last season with an injured trapezius muscle in his neck and back. He had spent the offseason strengthening his core and diligently working back from that injury, only to find out he essentially will miss spring training this year.

Anderson went 3-0 with a 5.55 ERA last season in 54 appearances with the Angels. He is fighting for a spot in Los Angeles’ bullpen again this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Source — Marlins to bus virus-stricken members back to Miami after 20th positive test

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The Miami Marlins had an 18th player test positive for the coronavirus on Friday, bringing the team’s total to 20, a source confirmed to ESPN.

In all, the Marlins have had 18 players and two coaches test positive over the past eight days, sources confirmed to ESPN. All games for the team have been postponed through Sunday by Major League Baseball.

El Extra Base was the first to report the new positive test on Friday.

The Marlins are getting multiple sleeper buses to take players and coaches who have tested positive back to Miami, sources told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers. The rest of the team will remain in Philadelphia, where they played last weekend and have been undergoing daily testing.

The rest of the Marlins will remain in Philadelphia, where the prospect of the team’s season restarting Tuesday at home against the Phillies remains in question.

If, instead, the Marlins play that series in Philadelphia, they could bus to New York to face the Mets, then bus to Buffalo, New York, where the Blue Jays plan to play their home games this season. In that scenario, the Marlins would not return home until their Aug. 14 series against Atlanta, though Miami-Dade County currently requires a 14-day quarantine for people coming into the area from New York, further complicating matters.

Miami could make up the three games against Washington that have been postponed this weekend by scheduling two doubleheaders during future series and playing on their shared Sept. 17 off day. How to make up the four lost games against Baltimore, an interleague opponent, could prove tricky, leading to the possibility the Marlins won’t play a full 60-game schedule.

The team is assessing how to fill out a roster with a combination of players: those already in the organization and training at its alternate site in Jupiter, Florida; free agents; and waiver-wire claims.

ESPN’s Jeff Passan contributed to this report.

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MLB calls off Cardinals-Brewers game due to coronavirus

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The St. Louis Cardinals have had multiple members test positive for the coronavirus, resulting in Major League Baseball postponing Friday afternoon’s game at the Milwaukee Brewers, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

MLB’s quick decision to postpone Friday’s game, which was scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET, comes after the outbreak within the Miami Marlins, who have had 19 positive tests over the past week.

A source told ESPN’s Jesse Rogers that if what is happening with the Cardinals had occurred before the Marlins outbreak, Friday’s game at Miller Park would still be scheduled.

That brings the number of teams being held out of action on Friday to six. The Brewers and Cardinals will join the Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays as teams affected by the fallout from positive tests.

The Cardinals’ positives represent the first positive tests the sport has seen outside of the East Coast since the regular season started last week.

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How MLB mascots are staying busy while alone in empty stadiums

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There are no fans to entertain, but MLB mascots are still hanging out in the stands … alone … but happy? Maybe? It’s hard to tell.

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