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Braves acquire Jonny Venters from the Rays

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Reliever Jonny Venters is back with the Braves. The Rays announced the club traded the lefty to the Braves in exchange for an international signing slot. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that to be worth $250,000.

Venters, 33, pitched for the Braves from 2010-12 before he was constantly sidelined by injuries. Before this season, he hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2012. According to the Rays earlier this year, Venters has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries in his career.

Venters pitched decently for the Rays in limited action, posting a 3.86 ERA with 11 strikeouts and six walks in 14 innings. Venters spent a month on the disabled list between June 25 and July 24 with a hamstring injury, but he returned to record one out on four pitches on Wednesday against the Yankees.

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.”