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Scott Kazmir exited Monday’s start with a hip injury

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Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir threw one pitch in his second inning of work during Monday’s spring training exhibition against the Rockies before leaving with a team trainer, ESPN’s Doug Padilla reported. SportsNetLA’s Alanna Rizzo reports that Kazmir will be re-evaluted on Tuesday and then will undergo further testing if it is deemed necessary.

Kazmir, 33, missed a month in August and September with a neck injury. He returned for one start on September 23 and was shut down again. The Dodgers did not use him during the postseason. Kazmir finished the regular season with a 4.56 ERA and a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings. Prior to a career rebirth in 2013 with the Indians, Kazmir had constant injury-related woes so the fact that those have cropped up again this spring comes as no surprise.

If he’s healthy enough, Kazmir will be part of a rotation that also includes Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, and Julio Urias.

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.”