Chris Nelson will finally stick around somewhere for a while, although unfortunately for him it’ll be Triple-A. Nelson went from the Rockies to the Yankees to the Angels in the span of three weeks last month, first being traded and then being claimed off waivers.
Both times he was a short-term stop gap for a team in need of some infield help, but this time the Angels designated Nelson for assignment and the 27-year-old former top-10 pick cleared waivers. That means the other 29 teams passed on him and Nelson will remain in the Angels’ organization at Triple-A, which is quite a fall considering he was the Rockies’ starting third baseman for much of last season and hit .301 with an .810 OPS (thanks mostly to Coors Field, but still).
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.”