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Astros activate Charlie Morton

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Astros right-hander Charlie Morton is scheduled to make his first start of the month after coming off the 10-day disabled list on Saturday. The righty labored through 4 2/3 innings and 89 pitches during his last outing against the Athletics on August 28 and was subsequently shut down with a case of alleged shoulder soreness. It doesn’t look like he’s facing anything quite as serious as the shoulder strain that kept him sidelined in 2017, however, and he should be able to take on a full workload again when he rejoins the rotation this afternoon.

It’s been a topsy-turvy summer for Morton, who found himself unable to pitch beyond the fifth inning in any of his last three appearances with the team. During one of his worst outings of the season, a 10-7 win over the Mariners on August 22, the 29-year-old right-hander squandered the majority of an impressive eight-run lead after issuing six runs over the first six innings of the game.

While he’s only missed the minimum on the 10-day DL, Morton will get another opportunity to get back on track as he squares off against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez on Saturday. Despite his recent setback, he’s been a stable presence in the Astros’ rotation through most of the season and decorated his first All-Star nomination with a 13-3 record in 26 starts, a 3.14 ERA, 3.6 BB/9 and 11.0 SO/9 through 152 innings.

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.”