Shane Victorino is giving up switch-hitting again

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Shane Victorino hit exclusively from the right side (his natural side) down the stretch in 2013 and for the limited time he was on the field last year, but he decided to go back to switch-hitting this spring. However, he has already had a change of heart about it.

Anything the Red Sox can do to keep Victorino on the field is a good idea, but this is probably the best way to go regardless of his health. The 34-year-old has underproduced from the left side against right-handed pitching for quite some time now.

If healthy, Victorino projects to be the starting right fielder for the Red Sox this season. Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo are currently competing for the starting center field job. It’s hard to count on Victorino holding up for a full season at this point, so chances are whoever loses that battle will still end up getting plenty of playing time.

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.”