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Lorenzo Cain is opting out of 2020 season

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The Milwaukee Brewers announced that outfielder Lorenzo Cain is opting-out of the 2020 season. He joins 14 other players who have already opted-out.

In the club’s announcement, team president and general manager David Stearns said that the the Brewers “fully support Lorenzo’s decision, and we will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse.”

Cain has played in five Brewers games this season, and has gone 6-for-18 with three walks in 21 plate appearances. He is coming off a subpar 2019 campaign in which he hit .260/.325/.372 but during which he provided considerable value on defense, taking home a Gold Glove and posting a leather-heavy 3.0 bWAR.

The decision by Lorenzo Cain to opt-out comes as the Brewers have sat idle for two days while their scheduled opponent this weekend, the St. Louis Cardinals, have experienced a COVID-19 outbreak. It’s unclear when they, or the Brewers for that matter, will play again. It’s understandable that Cain has taken the past day or so to reassess his plans for the year.

The other players who have thus far opted-out:

 

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.