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Ryan Braun lands on 10-day IL with infected finger

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The Brewers announced on Sunday that DH Ryan Braun has been placed on the 10-day injured list with an infected right index finger. The move is retroactive to July 30, the day after the Brewers’ last game.

Braun, 36, has registered a pair of singles, a double, and two RBI in 14 plate appearances to start the season. It is not known how his finger became infected.

The NL’s adoption of the DH rule has been good for the Brewers, as they had a glut of outfielders (until Lorenzo Cain opted out) and Justin Smoak at first base. The veteran Braun has started three of six games at DH with Christian Yelich, Logan Morrison, and Smoak drawing a start each there so far.

The Brewers were scheduled to play the Cardinals this weekend, but the series was postponed as the Cardinals are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. The 3-3 Brewers will play the White Sox next, two at home before two on the road.

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.”