Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Nationals have placed starter Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list due to tightness in his right forearm. A.J. Cole has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Fister’s spot in the rotation.
Fister, 31, has struggled this season, posting a 4.31 ERA with an 18/10 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings. The right-hander is earning $11.4 million this season and is eligible for free agency after the season. It’s unfortunate for the Nationals as he was the most likely pitcher to be traded by the July 31 deadline. He still may, but his value will take a hit considering his struggles and his injury.
Cole, 23, made his major league debut on April 28 against the Braves, but was hammered. He gave up nine runs (four earned) on nine hits and and a walk with one strikeout in two innings. He has had good results in the minors, however, compiling a 2.67 ERA with a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 27 innings.
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.”