Brewers starter Brent Suter has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. He will likely need to undergo Tommy John surgery, which would end his season and cut into most, if not all of his 2019 season as well.
Suter, 28, left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after three innings with tightness in his left forearm. He was hit around for six runs on eight hits. Suter spent time on the disabled list earlier this month with forearm issues as well. On the season, Suter has a 4.80 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 19 walks across 101 1/3 innings.
The 56-45 Brewers sit in second place in the NL Central, 3.5 games behind the Cubs. Their rotation is perilously thin as Zach Davies, Junior Guerra, and Jimmy Nelson are also sidelined. It stands to reason that the club will pursue starting rotation help as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.