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Jayson Werth retires from baseball

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Jon Heyman reports that Jayson Werth has decided to retire from baseball. His quote: “I’m done … whatever you want to call it.”

Werth, 39, had been at Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners organization on a minor league contract but recently suffered a hamstring injury. It was unlikely enough that the Mariners were going to give him a real shot at a lot of big league playing time, but the injury sealed the deal. If anything, the M’s deal was something of a surprise, actually, after Werth received little if any interest from major league clubs last winter.

Ignominious though his career’s end may be — and almost all baseball careers end like this — Werth has nothing to be ashamed of as he hangs up his cleats. He played 15 years in the bigs, posting a .267/.360/.455 career batting line with 229 home runs. He had the good timing of putting up his best season up to that point in his free agency walk year in 2010 and landed a seven-year, $126 million deal with the Nationals as a result. It ended up being the last guaranteed contract he’d sign, but as far as those things go it was pretty sweet.

Werth made an All-Star team and finished in the top-20 in MVP voting three times. Most significantly, he won a World Series ring with the 2008 Philadelphia Phillies. All-in-all not a bad career.

Happy trails, Jayson.

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.”