After allowing four runs in six innings to the White Sox on Sunday afternoon, David Price thought he was done for the day. He wasn’t supposed to be and had thrown “only” 99 pitches. The mound remained vacant as the rest of the Tigers went about their pre-inning warmups. After about a minute, manager Brad Ausmus signaled for reliever Alex Wilson as Price was nowhere to be found, as Matthew Mowery of The Oakland Press reports.
“There was a miscommunication as to whether he was going back out,” Ausmus said after the game. “I thought he was, and he thought he was done. That was the miscommunication.”
Price, on what happened:
“I did. I was up here (in the clubhouse) doing arm exercises. Ver (Justin Verlander) ran up the tunnel and said you are still in the game. I said, ‘No, I’m not. I have zero uniform on right now,’” Price admitted. “It was a miscommunication on everybody’s part. I’ll take the blame for it, that’s fine with me. It was a miscommunication. … It’s never happened before. But you can put it on me. I am fine with it.”
The Tigers found up winning anyway, tying the game up at four apiece with a four-run eighth inning, then enjoying a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth inning on James McCann’s solo home run.
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.”