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Injured Tigers outfielder Maybin likely to miss opening day

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JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers center fielder Cameron Maybin is likely to miss opening day while recovering from a fractured left wrist.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that Maybin’s wrist isn’t healing quickly enough for him to be ready. Detroit starts the season April 5 at Miami.

Maybin had his wrist X-rayed on Friday.

“It showed signs of healing but he’s still not ready to do baseball activity,” Ausmus said. “Medically it wasn’t surprising, but I guess I was being optimistic.”

Maybin was injured in his first at-bat of the exhibition season when he was hit by a pitch thrown by Luis Severino of the New York Yankees.

“It’s going to be a least another week before they look at him again,” Ausmus said. “Once he gets the all-clear to start doing baseball work, he’s got to build up. He’s got to start swinging and build up to playing in games. I don’t see how he’s going to be ready at this point.”

Maybin hit .267 with 10 homers and 59 RBI last season with Atlanta, then was traded to the Tigers.

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.”