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Phillies place J.P. Crawford on 10-day disabled list with right forearm strain

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Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right forearm strain, the club announced Sunday. In a corresponding move, infielder Jesmuel Valentin was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Crawford, 23, sustained the forearm injury during the fifth inning of Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Braves. Per Crawford’s own comments, he had felt elbow discomfort for several days, then lost significant feeling in it while making a throw to third base during Freddie Freeman‘s RBI triple. Following the play, he was pulled from the game and replaced by Pedro Florimon. The severity of his injury — and the length of his recovery process — has yet to be revealed.

Prior to the incident, Crawford struggled to find his footing as he opened his second major league season with the Phillies. He exited Saturday’s game batting .190/.250/.333 with five extra-base hits and a .583 OPS in his first 70 plate appearances of 2018.

In his absence, 24-year-old Valentin is poised to make his big league debut with the club. The rookie infielder slashed a robust .242/.373/.371 with five extra bases and a .744 OPS through 75 PA in Triple-A.

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.”