Alex Rodriguez is not interested in playing winter ball

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Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is already preparing for his return to baseball in 2015 after serving a season-long suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Per Yankees manager Joe Girardi, via Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog, Rodriguez has been doing two-a-days, working out at the UCLA campus and in Miami.

Rodriguez, however, is not interested in playing baseball in the Dominican Winter League. The Yankees allowed Rodriguez the choice, and Girardi didn’t sound particularly disappointed that Rodriguez opted out of participating.

“There (are) a lot of different avenues,” Cashman said. “If this was an avenue that was one avenue to take and of interest, I needed to do some work, and that was it. This wasn’t a directive that this was what I want you to do. It was (finding out) if this was something you’re interested in doing, and that was that.”

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“Winter ball is not one of the avenues that we’re focusing on,” Cashman said. “It’s going to be on his continued workouts, which have always been high-end, and obviously working with some of our field staff in the southern office in Tampa, and going from there and preparing him from a hitting standpoint, fielding standpoint. We’ll deal with it further as we move forward, but that’s where we’re at right now.”

Rodriguez has already passed a physical, which deemed him healthy enough to go through full workouts. The 39-year-old will return with 654 home runs to his name, leaving him six shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. Rodriguez will earn an additional $6 million per a marketing agreement in the 10-year, $275 million contract he signed with the Yankees in December 2007.

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.”