The Rockies placed right-handed reliever Bryan Shaw on the 10-day disabled list with a right calf strain, per an announcement on Sunday. Shaw’s roster spot will be filled by fellow right-hander Yency Almonte, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque just one day after getting demoted. No concrete timetable appears to have been set for Shaw’s return to the team just yet.
It’s been a disappointing start to the year for the 30-year-old righty, who is currently working through his first campaign with the club after inking a three-year, $27 million deal last December. Shaw logged a league-leading 41 appearances through the first two and a half months of the 2018 season, but didn’t look nearly as dominant as he had in past seasons after turning in a career-worst 7.57 ERA, 5.0 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 over 35 2/3 innings.
Almonte, meanwhile, has fared little better on the mound. The rookie right-hander compiled a 6.27 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 in 33 innings at the Triple-A level. In two major league outings, he allowed two runs and struck out one of eight batters faced over two innings.
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.”