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Justin Turner to undergo MRI on ailing knee

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Justin Turner hasn’t played since leaving Saturday’s game with left knee soreness and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that he’s scheduled to undergo an MRI tonight.

It’s a recurring issue for Turner. In fact, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Hernandez over the weekend that he’s been dealing with knee issues “for a couple of years.” With the postseason rapidly approaching, they’ll have to hope that things haven’t gotten worse. Alex Guerrero filled in at third base on Sunday, but Chase Utley is making his first career start at the position tonight.

Turner has emerged as the Dodgers’ primary third baseman this season while batting .290/.366/.488 with a career-high 15 home runs and 55 RBI over 118 games. His second half has been filled with ups and downs, including a stint on the disabled list due to a MRSA infection in his right leg.

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.”