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Pirates place Gregory Polanco on 10-day injured list

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Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a case of posterior left shoulder inflammation. The assignment is retroactive to Wednesday, though Polanco hasn’t appeared in a game in nearly a week’s time. There’s no word yet on how much longer he might be sidelined.

The root of the problem appears to be a lengthy and complicated return from the shoulder surgery Polanco underwent last fall. He suffered a serious shoulder injury after sliding into second base last September, sustaining both a deep bone bruise in his left knee and an acute left shoulder dislocation on the play. While he spent the requisite seven months in recovery, it’s been slow going since he returned to the field in late April — batting .242/.301/.425 with six home runs, 17 RBI, and a .726 OPS through 153 PA since his season debut on April 22 — and the Pirates clearly feel there’s cause for further concern.

In his place, the club recalled outfielder Jason Martin from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 23-year-old rookie went 8-for-35 in his first stint with the Pirates earlier this season, and is looking to make a more pronounced impression during his second go-round in Pittsburgh. He’ll provide the team with additional outfield depth behind the starting trio of Starling Marte, Corey Dickerson, and fellow rookie Bryan Reynolds.

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: