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Miguel Andújar back on injured list

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Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar is back on the injured list with a partial labrum tear in his right shoulder.

Andújar has already missed a month of action as the Yankees chose to rehab his way back into the lineup, but this latest setback could mean surgery is back on the table. Andújar went 3-for-34 in nine games, mostly as a DH, since his return.

Giovany Urshela has handled third base since Andújar’s injury and has done an admirable job, batting .341/.396/.505 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI in 101 plate appearances.

The injury news is not yet done for the depleted Yankees. Pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga has been shut down for the next four weeks after being diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain. He was slated to start Monday night against the Orioles but was scratched for Luis Cessa before being placed on the 10-day IL. Somehow, despite all of the injuries, the Yankees enter Monday’s action 24-16, a half-game behind the first-place Rays in the AL East.

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.”