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Reds considering moving struggling Homer Bailey to bullpen

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Reds starter Homer Bailey has had a rough year. After Monday’s start against the Diamondbacks, Bailey carries a 6.68 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 24 walks in 62 innings. As C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports, manager Jim Riggleman said hte team will begin to look at transitioning Bailey to the bullpen. Nothing is official, but it’s under consideration.

Bailey hasn’t been an effective starter since 2014, which is when his seemingly perpetual battle with injuries began. Since 2015, the right-hander has made only 38 starts, owning an aggregate 6.49 ERA in 187 1/3 innings.

Bailey is under contract through 2019, so it makes sense for the Reds to try to make the best of a bad situation. Moving Bailey to the bullpen might be a way to allow him to be more effective. It’s worth a shot.

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.”