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Nick Franklin left Wednesday’s game after being accidentally hit in the head by Kevin Kiermaier’s bat

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Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier was stretching with his bat in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the first inning of Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Padres at Tropicana Field when he accidentally struck second baseman Nick Franklin on the head. Thankfully, he was wearing a helmet.

Franklin stayed in the game and took his at-bat, drawing a leadoff walk, but he was taken out of the game before the start of the top of the second inning. Luke Maile came in to play first base, Brad Miller moved from first base to shortstop, and Tim Beckham moved from shortstop to second base.

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Franklin will be put through Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol and more about his status should be known later tonight or on Thursday.

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.”