The Giants are expected to promote catching prospect Aramis Garcia this weekend, according to multiple reports. Garcia will replace Buster Posey on the roster, as Posey is slated to undergo hip surgery on Monday and will be out for the remainder of the season.
Garcia, 25, was ranked no. 15 in the Giants’ system during MLB Pipeline’s midseason rankings. An average defender and hitter, he split his 2018 campaign between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento with a combined .233/.285/.381 batting line, 11 home runs and a .665 OPS through 369 plate appearances.
Of course, the starting gig won’t necessarily default to the struggling Garcia, at least not right away. Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic points out that Posey is still technically available off the bench this weekend, while backup backstop Nick Hundley is expected to see significant time behind the dish as the Giants enter the final month of the regular season. The team also has an intriguing fourth option in top prospect Joey Bart (no. 1 in the Giants’ system, no. 35 overall), though the 21-year-old is still working through his first season in Low-A Salem-Keizer and doesn’t appear to be on the cusp of getting fast-tracked to the majors anytime soon.
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.”