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Joe Kelly exits Tuesday’s start with an apparent injury

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Update #2 (10:52 PM EST): Kelly has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, per Britton.

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Update (8:31 PM EST): Kelly has been diagnosed with an impingement in his right shoulder, per Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

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Red Sox starter Joe Kelly lasted just two-thirds of an inning in Tuesday’s start against the Rays. The right-hander walked two and struck out one before departing with what appeared to be a back or a shoulder issue, according to WEEI’s Rob Bradford. Bradford also notes that Kelly topped out at only 93 MPH and threw from a higher arm angle than usual.

Heath Hembree relieved Kelly and finished the first inning with no further issue. The Red Sox should provide an update on Kelly’s status shortly and we’ll pass word along to you once that happens.

Over his first two starts to begin the 2016 season, Kelly yielded nine earned runs on 14 hits and eight walks with 10 strikeouts over eight innings. This comes after a dismal 2015 campaign with the Red Sox during which he had a 4.82 ERA over 25 starts.

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.”