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Dodgers sign Danny Espinosa to minor-league deal


The Dodgers signed infielder Danny Espinosa to a minors deal on Sunday, Triple-A Oklahoma City communications director Alex Freedman reports. The team has yet to officially announce the deal, but the signing is expected to give them some depth in the minors after losing Corey Seager to an UCL sprain and Tommy John surgery last week.

Espinosa, 31, has bounced around six major-league organizations over the last two years, including short-lived stints with the Nationals, Angels, Mariners, Rays and Blue Jays. He was most recently seen with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate this April, where he slashed .232/.271/.286 with three doubles and two RBI before opting out of his contract. The veteran middle infielder hasn’t seen consistent playing time with any one team since 2016, during which he put up a career-high 24 home runs while batting just .209/.306/.378 in 601 plate appearances for the Nationals.

Despite his lack of power at the plate, Espinosa will give the Dodgers an experienced shortstop who looks more capable of covering for Seager than their current emergency option, center fielder Chris Taylor. It’s possible that he could get some reps at second base as well, given that starting second baseman Logan Forsythe is still working his way back from a shoulder issue.

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.”