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Fernando Tatis Jr. headed to injured list with back spasms


Padres phenom shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. will be placed on the 10-day injured list due to back spasms, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Tatis was forced to leave Tuesday’s game and sat out Wednesday’s game against the Rays.

Tatis, 20, and the Mets’ Pete Alonso are neck-and-neck in the NL Rookie of the Year Award race. Tatis has hit an astounding .317/.379/.590 with 22 home runs, 53 RBI, 61 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 372 plate appearances. Among NL shortstops, only Javier Báez (4.4) and Trevor Story (4.1) have accrued more WAR than Tatis (3.7), according to FanGraphs.

The hope is that Tatis will only need the minimum 10 days on the injured list. Luis Urías will handle shortstop for however long Tatis is absent.

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.”