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Bobby Wahl likely to miss 2019 season with torn ACL

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It may not be a comeback year for Bobby Wahl after all. Following two injury-shortened seasons in 2017 and 2018 with thoracic outlet surgery and a right hamstring strain, respectively, the Brewers’ right-handed reliever has been all but sidelined for a third straight year after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

Wahl, 26, sustained the injury while pitching against the Mariners on Friday. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, the righty is scheduled to get a second opinion before deciding on any treatment plans, though surgery looks like a definite possibility at this point.

Wahl was brought onboard in a multi-player swap for the Mets’ Keon Broxton in early January and was in camp competing for a spot in Milwaukee’s bullpen this spring. While he turned in an impressive 2.20 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, and 14.6 SO/9 across 45 combined innings for the Athletics’ and Mets’ Triple-A squads in 2018, he has yet to prove himself at the major-league level after accruing just 13 innings since his MLB debut in 2017.

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.”