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David Price placed on the disabled list with an elbow inflammation

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David Price has been placed on the disabled list with an elbow inflammation. The move is retroactive to July 25. Rick Porcello will start in his place tonight with Eduardo Rodriguez starting on Saturday and Drew Pomeranz on Sunday. Lefty reliever Robby Scott has been recalled from Pawtucket to take Price’s spot on the 25-man roster.

Price was first reported by Dan Shaughnessy to have a “barking” elbow, and Buster Olney later reported that Price received an MRI yesterday. It is suspected that the elbow issues are similar to those which caused Price to start the year on the DL: a sore forearm and strained elbow. He avoided surgery for the malady at the time. It’s unclear what his prognosis is at the moment.

It has been a tough year for Price in a lot of ways. While, at times, he has pitched well, he is currently 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and a 63/22 K/BB ratio in 66 innings across 11 starts. His walk rate and hit rate is up. In his last start Price was knocked around for six runs — five earned — in five innings against the Angels.

Price has also been the subject of controversy due to multiple run-ins with the Boston media. Most recently he has taken heat after Shaughnessy reported the details of an incident Price had with Dennis Eckersley on the Sox team plane in June. That incident and his elbow are obviously separate things, but that’s not stopping the talk radio from people using the report of Price’s elbow to question his fortitude. Which is dumb, even if it is predictable given how Boston talk radio tends to go. If you want to question Price’s character, fine, but to suggest that it’s related to his health is a silly way to go about it.

Whatever you think of all of that, this is bad news for the Red Sox, who are a half game up on the Yankees in the AL East and who could use the David Price they had hoped they were getting when they signed him to a seven-year, $217 million contract before last season.

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.”