Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon put the finishing touches on a 3-1 win over the Mets on Friday, earning his 112th save as a member of the Phillies. Following a Daniel Murphy leadoff single to right field, Papelbon struck out Lucas Duda and Kevin Plawecki before getting Dilson Herrera to fly out to end the game. He moves into a tie with Jose Mesa as the club’s all-time leader in saves. Papelbon is also the leader in saves for the Red Sox at 219. He is only the second closer to lead two different clubs in saves, along with Robb Nen (Giants and Marlins).
The Phillies controversially signed Papelbon — now 34 years old — to a four-year, $50 million contract in November 2011, as it was and still is a record for a reliever. Papelbon, though, has certainly delivered his end of the bargain, entering Friday night’s contest with a combined 2.41 ERA and a 224/47 K/BB ratio in 209 1/3 innings since signing the deal.
Papelbon remains a trade candidate for the rebuilding Phillies, but his $13 million salary for the 2015 season and his $13 million option for 2016 — which is all but guaranteed to vest — limits the list of potential suitors.
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.”