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Reds’ Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel appeal for reinstatement

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Ken Rosenthal and C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic report that Reds second baseman Mike Moustakas and outfielder Nick Senzel have filed an appeal asking them to be allowed to return. Each of them have been sidelined after reporting that they did not feel well, but neither had tested positive for COVID-19. They are reported to have continued to pass tests but, as of yet, have not been cleared to play.

Their absence, which has coincided with the Reds dropping three straight games, has began to cause their teammates to bristle. Nick Castellanos, for example, voiced his displeasure at their absence after last night’s loss to the Cubs:

“If you look at our lineup, unfortunately with some of these f***ing protocols, you know, Moose and Senzel both have negative tests, but they are unable to play until Thursday. That’s obviously been a big letdown because both of them are big parts of our lineup.”

Rosenthal and Rosecrans note that players who have reported symptoms but who have not had positive tests are allowed to return after testing negative on three tests, though unlike the case with those who test positive, the negatives for merely symptomatic players can include those quickie saliva tests administered by the team. They must also report the absence of symptoms and be approved by team doctors AND — and this is the sticking point — they must obtain approval from the panel of league and union representatives known as the Joint Committee.

The article suggests that, in the minds of some, the Joint Committee is being overly cautious with the Reds players in light of the Miami Marlins situation. Thus the appeal, which will be heard this morning. One suspects that, after that appeal, Moustakas and Senzel will be reinstated.

All of this shows, however, how interconnected all of this stuff is, both officially and unofficially. And how different it is to come up with a reasonable plan vs. how easy it is to implement it.

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.”