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Ervin Santana is now a free agent

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After three lackluster starts, the White Sox designated for assignment pitcher Ervin Santana on Friday. Santana cleared waivers and refused an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte, electing to become a free agent, the club announced on Monday.

The White Sox signed Santana to a minor league contract in February, paying him a major league salary $4.3 million. They are no longer on the hook for the remainder of that salary.

Santana, 36, yielded 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks with five strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings to start the year. He battled a finger injury last year, limiting him to five underwhelming starts with the Twins. Santana was an All-Star as recently as 2017, however, which may give an interested team enough hope to offer a minor league deal.

Phillies COVID testing reports no new positives

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Phillies COVID testing results revealed no new positives for the fourth straight day, the team announced this morning. As a result, they will resume their schedule tonight against the Yankees.

It’ll be the first game for the Phillies since last Sunday’s game against the Marlins. The Miami outbreak prompted the Phillies’ season to be shut down, but the lack of positive tests beyond team staff that had more direct contact with the visiting Marlins is an encouraging sign. The Phillies COVID testing strongly suggests that cross-team infection from on-the-field activity is not a significant problem. This could bode well for, say, the Brewers, who have been idled a few days due to the outbreak emerging on their would-be opponents this past weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals.

All of this, of course, puts the Phillies well behind their usual schedule. They’ve played just three games and have had minimal baseball activity in the past eight days. Whether that shows up in the performances of Jake Arrieta and Aaron Nola, tonight and tomorrow night’s starters, respectively, will be worth watching.

All in all, though, the Phillies COVID testing results are good news. And folks, we could use some good news right now.

UPDATE: The Marlins are negative too: