Report: Phillies sign Gload to complete bench

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Sources told MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki that the Phillies and free agent Ross Gload have come to terms on a two-year deal.
The 33-year-old Gload was believed to have similar offers on the table from the Marlins and Braves.
Gload hit .261/.329/.400 with 30 RBI in 230 at-bats for Florida last season. He was terribly miscast as a regular by the Royals, but he has been excellent off the bench in his career. Overall, he’s hit .308/.366/.436 with 29 RBI in 156 at-bats as a pinch-hitter. He came in at .318/.418/.455 with 15 RBI in 66 at-bats last season.
Gload, who will be the replacement for Matt Stairs, seemingly completes a Philadelphia bench also set to include Ben Francisco, Greg Dobbs, Brian Schneider and Juan Castro.

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.”