Ryan Madson makes the Royals’ 25-man roster

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It’s been a long road back to the major leagues for reliever Ryan Madson. But he’s officially made it back, joining the Royals’ bullpen as part of the 25-man roster, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports. Madson signed with the Royals on a minor league deal in January and performed reasonably well in spring training, giving up five runs (three earned) on 11 hits with a 6/0 K/BB ratio in nine innings. He’ll earn a $850,000 salary this season for making the major league roster.

Madson, 34, last pitched in the majors in 2011 when the Phillies were knocked out of the NLDS in five games by the Cardinals. The right-hander had risen to prominence as one of baseball’s best set-up men, then took over in the closer’s role for Brad Lidge in 2011. From 2007-11, as a full-time reliever for the Phillies, Madson posted a 2.89 ERA with a 314/97 K/BB ratio in 329 2/3 innings.

The Phillies let him go into free agency after the 2011 season. He signed a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds for the 2012 season but he never threw a pitch for them as a result of a sprained UCL suffered early in spring training. He underwent surgery in April. The next off-season, he signed with the Angels on a one-year, $3.5 million deal, but again did not pitch due to continued discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow. Madson had surgery to remove scar tissue from his elbow in May that year. He did not sign with anyone in 2014.

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.”