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Nathan Eovaldi suffers setback during bullpen

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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi suffered a setback during his most recent bullpen. Per Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Eovaldi is dealing with biceps soreness, pushing his next scheduled bullpen back.

Eovaldi, 29, is currently working his way back after undergoing surgery in April to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. The original timetable had him slated to return in mid-June, but that doesn’t appear to be the case anymore.

The Red Sox and Eovaldi agreed on a four-year, $68 million contract in December after he helped his team win a championship. After coming over from the Rays, Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA with a 48/12 K/BB ratio in 54 innings in the regular season, then limited the opposition to four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings in the postseason. In four starts to begin the 2019 season, Eovaldi relented 14 earned runs in 21 innings.

In Eovaldi’s absence, the Red Sox have had trouble filling out the back of the rotation. Hector Velázquez, Ryan Weber, and Josh Smith have made starts in Eovaldi’s place but have not found success, owning respective ERAs of 5.97, 5.12, and 6.35.

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.”