Giancarlo Stanton is aiming to return next Friday

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MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro has the news from Miami:

A timeline has been established as to when Giancarlo Stanton may be back in the Marlins’ lineup. The All-Star right fielder says he is hopeful to be back in about a week and a half, which means unofficially it could be the Sept. 4 series opener against the Mets at Marlins Park.

Stanton broke the hamate bone in his left hand on June 26 and underwent surgery two days later. He’s been taking swings against a pitching machine since early last week and recently added live batting practice to his daily workout routine. “I’m getting my timing and I’m almost to where I want to feel,” the 25-year-old slugger told MLB.com on Tuesday. “I’m feeling good. I’d say I’m still about a week and a half [away].”

Stanton still ranks fifth in the National League in home runs (27) despite being sidelined for two months.

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.”