Virus-depleted Padres add Wil Myers to injured list

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DENVER — The virus-depleted San Diego Padres made a series of moves to bolster a lineup that is missing outfielder Wil Myers and shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. after they tested positive for the coronavirus.

Myers was added to the injured list before a doubleheader against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Joining him was first baseman Eric Hosmer, who’s out due to Major League Baseball’s contact tracing health and safety protocols.

The Padres have now had five players go on the injured list over the last two days due to virus concerns.

To take their place, San Diego recalled infielder/outfielder Brian O’Grady from Triple-A El Paso and selected the contract of outfielder Patrick Kivlehan.

Kivlehan was starting in right field for Myers in the first game and batting seventh. Kim Ha-seong was in the starting lineup at shortstop and Jake Cronenworth at first.

Tatis was ruled out after a positive test. Padres manager Jayce Tingler said he learned of the news with Tatis in a phone call. Tingler added the 22-year-old shortstop was symptom-free at the moment.

There was no exact timetable for Tatis’ return.

Also added to the injured list due to contact tracing were outfielder/infielders Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo.

Hosmer and Myers were removed in the middle of an 8-1 win over the Rockies. It left San Diego scrambling for replacements for the doubleheader.

O’Grady has hit safely in all six games he’s played at El Paso this season. He’s batting .261 with two homers. O’Grady was signed by the Padres last December.

The 31-year-old Kivlehan has played in six games for El Paso, hitting .231 with a homer. He was signed as a minor-league free in February.

San Diego also recalled lefty Nick Ramirez from Triple-A El Paso to serve as the team’s 27th player for the doubleheader.

Dodgers sign Miguel Rojas to 1-year, $6M deal thru 2024

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with infielder Miguel Rojas on a one-year, $6 million deal that takes him through the 2024 season.

The contract includes a salary of $5 million in 2024 and a club option salary of $5 million in 2025 with a $1 million buyout and charitable contributions.

The 33-year-old Rojas was acquired last month from the Miami Marlins for minor league infielder Jacob Amaya. He returns to the Dodgers for the second time, having made 85 appearances with the club in 2014 as a rookie.

Rojas hit .236 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 140 games last season. He’s been in the majors for parts of nine seasons while playing five different defensive positions.