Yankees’ second baseman Starlin Castro exited the fifth inning of Saturday’s game with an apparent right hamstring injury, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch. Castro had just legged out his fourth double of the week and 28th such hit of the year.
Losing Castro, no matter how temporarily, would be yet another stumbling block in the Yankees’ path to the postseason. They’re four games back of a wild card spot and will have to go through the Mariners, Tigers, and Orioles (or, if their winning ways continue, the Blue Jays) in order to contend in October.
Castro, whose power potential is less integral to the team than that of, say, rookie slugger Gary Sanchez, has still provided a moderate boost to the Yankees’ offense during a productive second half. Since the All-Star Break, the 26-year-old infielder is batting .298/.319/.502 with 11 home runs and a 1.1 fWAR. Behind Sanchez, Castro has been one of the club’s biggest assets in the second half and currently leads the team with 38 RBI in 59 games.
Also via Hoch, Castro is expected to undergo tests following the game. No statement has been released yet on how much time the infielder is expected to miss.
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.”