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Jeremy Jeffress was unavailable yesterday for undisclosed reasons


Yesterday Josh Hader handled both the eighth and ninth inning in the Brewers’ tiebreaker win over the Cubs. He needed 35 pitches to handle those two innings, this after 162 games in which he pitched nearly 80 innings.

That’s a lot of work for the young man, but given that he had two days rest it wasn’t the biggest deal ever. Still, it was rather surprising to see him pitch two given that the Brewers had closer Jeremy Jeffress in uniform.

It turns out, however, that Jeffress was unavailable. Why? Well, we don’t really know:

It was reported late last night that it was a medical issue, that it was minor, but that it was undisclosed and, presumably, will remain so.

You OK, Jeremy?

Weird. Cryptic to be sure. But I guess it’s better to be OK than, you know, not OK.

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.”