With Ervin Santana likely headed to the disabled list, the Twins have promoted pitching prospect Jose Berrios, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Santana was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday due to back stiffness. Tyler Duffey is also battling a shoulder injury, leaving the Twins a bit thin in the rotation.
Berrios, 21, was rated the Twins’ number one overall prospect and 16th overall by MLB Pipeline heading into the 2016 season. He’s started off strong, yielding only three runs (two earned) on eight hits and eight walks with 20 strikeouts in 17 innings over three starts with Triple-A Rochester. Berrios split last season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Rochester.
Berrios will start against the Indians on Wednesday, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. Neal adds that outfield prospect Jorge Polanco will also be recalled from Rochester when Santana is placed on the DL.
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.”