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Nats GM Mike Rizzo on Jonathan Papelbon’s status for 2016: “He’s under contract”


Jonathan Papelbon has thrown his final pitch for the Nationals this season, as the team announced this afternoon that he has been suspended four games for Sunday’s incident with Bryce Harper. He has also dropped the appeal of his three-game suspension for hitting Orioles third baseman Manny Machado with a pitch.

While Papelbon’s season is over, his future with the Nationals is also in question. The Nationals guaranteed him $11 million for 2016 as a condition of his trade from the Phillies, so he is under contract. However, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was noncommittal when asked about Papelbon’s future after Monday’s game.

Here’s Rizzo on Papelbon, from Mark Zuckerman of CSNMA.com:

“He’s under contract,” the GM said. “We’re going to evaluate every moving part that we have after the season, and we’ll make all those decisions once the final out is made in 2015.”

For what it’s worth, Papelbon jerseys have been removed from the Nationals team store.

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.”