Matt Adams had a setback in his return to the Cardinals

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As of last week the plan was for first baseman Matt Adams to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Cardinals shortly after September roster expansion, but he’s suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn quadriceps muscle.

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Adams “felt some tightness in his left quadriceps” while going through drills at the Cardinals’ minor league complex in Florida. For now it’s viewed as a small setback, but Adams is running out of time to make it back for any regular season action and show that he’s worth having on the postseason roster.

Prior to the injury he hit just .243 with four homers and a .656 OPS in 43 games, but in 2013 and 2014 he posted an .800 OPS. In Adams’ absence the Cardinals have used Matt Reynolds as their primary first baseman, with underwhelming results.

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.”