Pirates’ Socrates Brito, Blake Cederlind Take a look at Optimistic For COVID-19


Outfielder Socrates Brito and right-hander Blake Cederlind have each examined constructive for the coronavirus, Pirates supervisor Derek Shelton informed reporters (together with Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Publish-Gazette).  The 2 gamers consented to be recognized as having constructive assessments, although Shelton didn’t present additional particulars on their situation, saying solely “there are another issues that they must do medically earlier than they will get again on the sphere.”
League guidelines dictate that Brito and Cederlind can be in quarantine for 2 weeks, and should then be symptom-free and take a look at destructive on two separate assessments earlier than rejoining their teammates.  Whereas well being is clearly the in the beginning concern on this scenario, the two-week hiatus will make it tougher for both Brito or Cederlind to make the Bucs’ Opening Day roster, although Mackey notes that “neither Cederlind nor Brito was anticipated to start the 2020 season with the large membership.”
Brito signed a minor league take care of Pittsburgh over the winter, culminating a 2019 that noticed him belong to 4 completely different organizations (Diamondbacks, Padres, Blue Jays, and at last the Pirates) inside the calendar yr.  Brito did swimsuit up for 17 video games final season, all with Toronto, managing only a .291 OPS and 17 strikeouts over 43 plate appearances.  The 27-year-old has solely a .179/.216/.309 slash line over 218 profession PA on the Main League stage, although he has put up some good numbers within the minors and may play all three outfield positions.
Cederlind was a fifth-round decide for the Pirates within the 2016 draft, and ranks 28th on MLB Pipeline’s listing of the highest 30 Pittsburgh minor leaguer.  He didn’t produce a lot over his first three professional seasons, although Mackey notes that Cederlind’s fortunes modified after turning his 100mph fastball right into a sinker — the right-hander had a mixed 2.28 ERA, 8.three Okay/9, and a couple of.29 Okay/BB charge over 59 1/three mixed innings on the high-A, Double-A, and Triple-A ranges in 2019.  This efficiency put him on the radar as a possible callup in some unspecified time in the future within the 2020 season, because the rebuilding Pirates can afford to offer seems to any promising teenager.

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