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Trevor Bauer pushed back in ALCS rotation because of a drone injury


Indians starter Trevor Bauer was slated to start Game 2 of the ALCS and Josh Tomlin was to take the Game 3 start. Now they’re being flip-flopped, the Indians say. Why? Because Bauer injured his finger while repairing one of the drones he likes to play with.

Seriously. Indians president Chris Antonetti says that Bauer lacerated his pinky on the outside of his right hand while repairing one of his drones. Bauer designs and builds these things, by the way, with the aid of a 3D printer. They have cameras attached and everything. It’s pretty sophisticated as far as hobby stuff goes.

But it’s also now altering the Indians playoff plans. Antonetti says that the injury should not affect any of Bauer’s pitches and that the pushback is simply to give the stitches a couple of extra days to heal.

I’m sure no one will give him a hard time about this at all.

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.”