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A.J. Pollock out at least six weeks due to staph infection


Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock will be out at least six more weeks weeks — two months being a more reasonable time frame — while he battles a staph infection in his right elbow, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. Pollock had a PIC line (catheter) inserted into his left bicep to deliver antibiotics.

Pollock, 31, was initially placed on the injured list in late April due to an elbow infection. He was hitting .223/.287/.330 with two home runs and 14 RBI in 115 plate appearances prior to being sidelined.

The Dodgers and Pollock agreed on a four-year, $55 million contract in late January. He established himself as one of the more dynamic outfielders in the game, but has had trouble staying healthy throughout his eight-year career. He has only twice finished a season with more than 113 games played.

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.”