This flew under the radar a bit with the news that Chase Utley is coming off the disabled list tomorrow, but the Phillies also announced this afternoon that Adam Loewen is headed back to the majors as a pitcher.
Loewen began his career as a pitcher with the Orioles, posting a 5.38 ERA over 29 starts and six relief appearances from 2006-2008 before suffering a pair of stress fractures in his throwing elbow. He made the conversion to position player from there and appeared in 14 games as an outfielder with the Blue Jays in 2011 while batting .188 (6-for-32) with one home run and four RBI. After bouncing around the minors for a couple of years, he decided to make the move back to the mound late last season. Now 31 years old, he has posted a 2.15 ERA with a 60/32 K/BB ratio over 46 relief innings in Triple-A this year while notching 10 saves.
Assuming Loewen ends up pitching in a game, he will have gone seven years between appearances. He’s quite an interesting story to follow.
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.”