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Brandon Phillips exits Monday’s game after hellish at-bat against Noah Syndergaard


Update (8:56 PM EST): X-rays taken on Phillips’ left ring finger were negative, per MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.


Facing Noah Syndergaard is bad enough. Facing him after fouling a ball off one’s foot is worse. Brandon Phillips had an even worse time in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Mets at Citi Field.

Phillips fouled two pitches off of his foot, putting him in some considerable pain, which one could see on the broadcast. Then he was hit on the hand with a 98 MPH Syndergaard fastball. Phillips wound up on his hands and knees in pain. It was no surprise when Phillips exited the game.

Ivan De Jesus, Jr. pinch-ran for Phillips at first base. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, but was stranded as Syndergaard struck out Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler to end the inning. De Jesus stayed in the game at second base.

We’ll update you when more information is known about Phillips’ injury.

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.”