The Milwaukee Brewers have announced two positive Covid-19 cases on their roster.
It was bound to happen at some point. The Brewers had said a few days ago they had a small number of positive Coronavirus cases on their team, and now we know who it is that has tested positive.
Both players are also asymptomatic, per Adam McCalvy.
The good news, if there is any in this, is that both players tested positive before coming back to Miller Park and have been in the protocol. This did not happen at Miller Park and the risk of spread to any other Brewers players should be minimal.
That being said, it’s highly unlikely these two are going to be the only cases of positive Coronavirus cases on this Brewers roster this season.
The Road Back
To return to the field of play and to get back to practicing, Urias and Perdomo need to test negative twice per MLB’s protocols on Covid-19.
This is an especially annoying setback for Luis Urias as he missed all of spring training with a hamate bone injury, was just about to return to game action, and the day he was scheduled to play the sport was shut down because of Covid-19. Now that baseball is ready to get going again, Urias is shut down because he has Covid-19. He just can’t seem to win this year.
Urias is set to be in a battle with Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job and the longer it takes him to get back on the field, the more difficult it’s going to be for him to win the job.
Angel Perdomo was in a battle of his own to make the bullpen this year. He was looking pretty good in spring training but was likely to fall short of the initial roster. With rosters now expanding to 30 players to start out, Perdomo’s odds of making the team improved, along with everyone else’s.
The shortstop battle will have to wait a little bit longer and Perdomo’s battle to make the expanded bullpen is going to have to wait as well.
There were no positive tests from the intake testing at Miller Park the other day, but with the team all together in one place now, the trick will be keeping the positive tests that low moving forward and preventing a full-on outbreak.