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Royals scouts found Tim Lincecum’s secret throwing location and were escorted out


On Wednesday, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reported that Royals scouts were able to find out where in Arizona free agent pitcher Tim Lincecum was throwing. The scouts were promptly, but politely, escorted out.

Lincecum, 31, underwent hip surgery this past September to repair a torn labrum and impingement in his left hip. He was supposed to hold a showcase, but has delayed it on multiple occasions. The Padres, Marlins, and Orioles have been reported to have had the most interest in the right-hander.

Lincecum made 15 starts last season and put up a 4.13 ERA with a 60/38 K/BB ratio over 76 1/3 innings. At least in terms of ERA, the performance was his best since 2011. But his ability to miss bats has waned along with his fastball velocity. He averaged only 87 MPH on his fastball last year.

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.”