Shaun Marcum allows one run over six innings in latest rehab start

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Shaun Marcum hasn’t pitched for the Brewers since June 14 due to right elbow tightness, but that should change very soon.

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Marcum allowed just one run over six innings tonight in his latest rehab start with Low-A Wisconsin. He allowed four hits and one walk while striking out three.

Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende of MLB.com reported earlier this evening that Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke will meet tomorrow to discuss changes in the starting rotation, but assuming Marcum came out of tonight’s outing feeling good, he should be activated from the disabled list to start Saturday or Sunday against the Pirates.

Marcum, 30, had a 3.39 ERA and 77/26 K/BB ratio in 82 1/3 innings over 13 starts prior to being placed on the disabled list. The veteran right-hander is due to hit free agency this offseason.

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.”