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Red Sox acquire Aaron Hill from the Brewers

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The Brewers announced on Thursday evening that the club sent 3B/2B Aaron Hill to the Red Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Aaron Wilkerson and second baseman Wendell Rijo.

Hill, 34, is having a quality season after two subpar years in 2014 and ’15. He’s batting .283/.359/.421 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 292 plate appearances, getting a majority of his playing time against left-handed pitching.

Wilkerson, 27, has split the year between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket, compiling an aggregate 2.14 ERA with a 102/25 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings spanning 16 starts and one relief appearance.

Rijo, 20, has spent most of the year with Portland, batting a paltry .186/.245/.266 in 194 plate appearances.

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.”