Freddie Freeman to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday

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Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. He has already played in two rehab games with the Gulf Coast League Braves. He joined his major league teammates at Turner Field on Saturday to work out on the field during batting practice prior to their evening match-up with the Diamondbacks.

Freeman has been out since August 3 with a strained right oblique. He also missed six weeks between mid-June and late July with a right wrist contusion. He’s hitting .284/.348/.500 with 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 322 plate appearances this season.

If all goes well during Freeman’s rehab stint, the Braves are hoping to activate him from the disabled list on Wednesday.

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.”