Luis Urías cannot take a break.
Urías, who lost much of Milwaukee Brewers’ spring camp while recovering from hand surgery, is held back by the team’s summer camp after testing positive for COVID-19 before the players show up at Miller Park.
Manager Craig Counsell revealed on Monday morning that Urías and left-handed Angel Perdomo were in the COVID-19 isolation protocol after testing positive in previous tests. The Brewers had no positive results during last week’s player and staff recruitment tests, an encouraging development at the start of the pitch.
Urías, 23, was acquired by the Brewers in the offseason with left-handed Eric Lauer from San Diego Padres in exchange for midfielder Trent Clark and right-hand man Zach Davies. He was held back by the action during spring training in Phoenix during recovery and was ready to see his first Cactus League action on the day the pandemic forced a baseball halt.
The Brewers have high hopes for Urías, who not only gives depth to the center but also a valid candidate to push the wrong Orlando Arcia to the point end.
“He hasn’t had the best luck, sure, but these are only temporary setbacks and that’s how he has to approach them,” said Counsell. “He’ll be back in a little while. Because he’s asymptomatic, we’re pretty confident he’ll make it.
“He hasn’t had at-bat for a while, so the baseball part will probably take a while, but this is a temporary setback. Here’s how he has to deal with it. As soon as he’s back 100% healthy and gets a some time on the field, his talents will shine. “
Perdomo, 26, turned his head in spring training eliminating 10 bars while allowing only one hit out of four innings (four appearances) and seemed likely to make his Major League debut this season. Counsell said that Urías and Perdomo will not be counted for 2020 in any way despite this setback.
“We will see them in the field,” said Counsell. “They will surely be here on the pitch, and both will contribute to our list of major leagues this year.”
To return to the action, players must try the negative twice in a row, at least 24 hours apart. Therefore, there is no real schedule for a player’s return, leaving some guesswork in planning.
“You don’t know how long the virus will stay in your system, it’s different for everyone, so there really isn’t (time),” said Counsell. “I think it’s safe enough to assume it will be a minimum of 10 days, but it’s a guess, that’s what I’d tell you.”
With news that the Milwaukee Bucks closed their practice facility on Sunday due to COVID-19 concerns and that the Milwaukee Milkmen canceled the game that day after a player tested positive, Counsell faced ongoing security concerns. of players and staff.
“The best thing we can say is that we are doing our best every day to do the right thing for our players and keep everyone safe,” he said. “David (Stearns) and I spoke yesterday. I am not spending much time right now watching the season because we have trainings to organize right now, we have to make sure we keep our players safe, spread them, get used to understanding how we must all work together. “
Brewer’s tests are fine
News emerged Monday that some teams, including Houston, Washington and Oakland, had to cancel training because the results had not returned from Friday’s COVID-19 tests. The Brewers took the hiring tests last Wednesday and got the results in time to start training as expected on Saturday.
“Our testing experience has been very positive,” said Counsell. “Today is our third day of practice. It is our fifth day at the park. We took the hiring tests and then it is our third day of training. We are really planning on alternate days; so far so good for our team.
“There’s a lot of hard work in setting up logistics, so I think (the Brewers medical director) Roger Caplinger is the Brewers man who’s doing a lot of this work, and he’s done a good job this seamless process. continuity and simple enough right now. There will be obstacles in this, I think we all know. But I’m happy with how it went so far and I encourage you to ask the players too. “
As for the diligence to honor MLB protocols for security, Counsell said, “Yes, we all need reminders. I think it’s the best thing. It’s not just that we have tried to distance players through the program, but we have also need reminders, and we all have to exchange a reminder.
“It will be true throughout the league. There are times when I see our players that we must definitely improve a bit. And we can. So there are places that we must constantly remind ourselves be careful. We are learning as we go. We are looking for to get into a normalcy with it, how to spread it. We will do it better. We can improve every day. “
Zoom surprise session
Counsell and his players are doing all the media interviews via Zoom sessions, with no face-to-face interaction allowed thanks to the Covid-19 protocols. As a surprise during the initial training sessions, Counsell made Zoom connections to most spouses and children of the players at home on the Miller Park video card so that they could interact in real time, at work.
See the faces of their families on the video card as a huge hit, which Counsell liked.
“I thought it would be,” he said. “I had a little help from a group of wives who helped me out, a little bit by collecting all the emails quickly and our people on the board did a great job of putting together the call and the type of technical part of it.
“When we went to them, they were live and all the families said goodbye. It didn’t go perfect because the audio was a bit shaky. I wanted all the kids to shout for their fathers at the end. The audio was a little ‘irritating when we patched 45 people with the Miller Park sound system, but it was cool because they were live.
“It was great. They were moving, and it was live. They were greeting at the beginning. They were all greeting their fathers. So it was really nice. The players, I think he went home for all of us, for sure.
“The purpose of the call was to really highlight not only we as a team are connected, all our families are part of it, and more than ever, we are all making sacrifices together, right? Everyone on that board is part of this group in this moment, and we will also ask them to make sacrifices. “
Time for games, sort of
The Brewers trained every day in two shifts, allowing for social removal and a single baseball diamond. But, with only three weeks to prepare for the season, Wednesdays will go into game action.
“We will start doing what I will call a situational intrasquad game,” said Counsell. “We will play five innings on Wednesday – it depends a lot on how many innings we play. We will play true but we will mix it up a bit, starting some innings with basic runners on so everyone can get an appropriate job. It will be checked.
“The first five games we play will be more controlled. So in the end, we will try to play more competitive games, more straight games without modification.”
Brewers’ left-handed Angel Perdomo was impressive in spring training. (Photo: Roy Dabner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)