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Braves place Mike Soroka on disabled list with strained shoulder

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The Braves announced on Thursday that starter Mike Soroka has been placed on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to May 14, with a strained right shoulder. Pitcher Max Fried has been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start Thursday night’s game against the Cubs.

Soroka, 20, dominated in his major league debut on May 1 against the Mets, but struggled in his two starts since, giving up four runs in four innings to the Giants and five runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings against the Marlins. Soroka is the Braves’ No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

Fried, 24, has pitched just four innings in the big leagues this year, yielding four runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. Three of those hits are homers. The lefty has a combined 2.75 ERA in 19 2/3 innings between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett this year.

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.”