Diamondbacks’ Junior Guerra, Silvino Bracho Check Constructive For COVID-19
Diamondbacks right-handers Junior Guerra and Silvino Bracho have examined constructive for the coronavirus, supervisor Torey Lovullo instructed reporters (together with The Athletic’s Zach Buchanan and The Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro) at this time. Guerra and Bracho “are asymptomatic and really feel nice,” Lovullo stated. “They’re within the protocol, they’re doing what they’ll, taking good care of what they’ll at dwelling and therapeutic up.”
Whereas Buchanan famous that these aren’t new checks, it isn’t clear if Guerra or Bracho was one of many unknown gamers inside the group who examined constructive final month. Since a constructive take a look at comes with a compulsory quarantine interval of at the least two weeks, the timing of the checks will issue into when the 2 hurlers will have the ability to return to the sphere. If they continue to be asymptomatic, Guerra and Bracho will every need to ship two detrimental COVID-19 checks earlier than being cleared for Summer season Camp.
Lower than every week after being non-tendered by the Brewers final December, Guerra signed a one-year cope with the D’Backs price $2.65MM in assured cash, and the membership holds an possibility on his providers for the 2021 season. The 35-year-old posted a 3.55 ERA, 2.14 Ok/BB fee, and eight.Three Ok/9 over 83 2/Three innings in 2019, working solely as a reliever for the primary time in his profession. Assuming a full restoration from COVID-19, Guerra is anticipated to supply the D’Backs with a sturdy bullpen arm, and his potential to chew innings will likely be notably helpful in a shortened season as beginning pitchers get again in control.
Bracho’s participation within the 2020 season was already up within the air, because it was revealed final week that he had suffered a setback in his restoration from Tommy John surgical procedure, and had been positioned on Arizona’s 60-day injured checklist. Bracho underwent his surgical procedure in March 2019, so it’s notably unlucky that this setback cropped up simply because the right-hander would have been aiming to be prepared for Opening Day. Bracho posted a 4.67 ERA, 2.82 Ok/BB fee, and 9.Four Ok/9 over 88 2/Three aid innings for the Diamondbacks from 2015-18, with the 2018 marketing campaign displaying promising profession bests for Bracho in each ERA (3.19) and HR/9 (0.6) over 31 innings pitched.