Tigers demote struggling Shane Greene to Triple-A

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UPDATE: Not only have the Tigers removed Shane Greene from the rotation, they demoted the 26-year-old to Triple-A.

(Reminder: “Too soon to talk Cy Young for Tigers’ Greene?” was an actual article in the Detroit Free Press less than two months ago.)

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Six months and 13 starts after acquiring Shane Greene from the Yankees the Tigers may be considering demoting him from the rotation.

Greene is scheduled to start Tuesday against the Reds, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that manager Brad Ausmus “was noncommittal on that assignment” and referenced a potential “decision to be made.”

Greene went 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in his first three starts for the Tigers despite an underwhelming 11/5 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Since then he’s 1-6 with an 8.60 ERA in 10 starts.

Greene has good raw stuff and missed plenty of bats for the Yankees as a rookie last season, but he’s managed just 5.8 strikeouts per nine innings for the Tigers and has particularly struggled versus left-handed hitters. Justin Verlander is coming off the disabled list to make his season debut Saturday, possibly giving the Tigers reason to reconfigure the rest of the rotation.

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.”