Quick hits: Decision looming on Smoltz

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– Anthony Swarzak pitched seven shutout innings against the Cubs on Saturday, but was promptly optioned to Triple-A Rochester following the game.

– The Red Sox still aren’t sure what to do with John Smoltz. His rehab stint comes to an end next Friday.

– Brian Bruney doesn’t like what Francisco Rodriguez does on the mound. Brian Who?

– Cody Ross and Jeremy Hermida launched two-run homers in a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.

– Roy Halladay won’t pitch until at least next Saturday after straining his right groin on Friday night.

– “Harry Doyle” will throw out the first pitch of Monday’s Brewers-Indians game.

– In an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, among other things, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said there’s still no timetable on Joey Votto’s return.

– And finally, the Yankees are reportedly the newest potential suitor
for infield prospect Miguel Angel Sano. The Pirates, Indians, Twins and
Orioles are among the other teams believed to have interest in the
16-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”