Junior Guerra de Diamondbacks, Silvino Bracho positive test for COVID-19

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Right-handed diamondbacks Junior Guerra and Silvino Bracho have tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Torey Lovullo told reporters today (including Zach Buchanan of The Athletic and Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic). Guerra and Bracho “are asymptomatic and feel goodSaid Lovullo. ” They are in the protocol, they do what they can, take care of what they can at home and heal. « Although Buchanan noted that these are not new tests, it is not clear whether Guerra or Bracho was one of the unknown players in the organization that tested positive last month. Since a positive test is accompanied by a mandatory quarantine period of at least two weeks, the test schedule will take into account when the two launchers can return to the field. If they remain asymptomatic, Guerra and Bracho will each have to deliver two negative COVID-19 tests before being authorized for summer camp.

Less than a week after its non-tender by the Brewers last December, Guerra signed a one-year contract with the D’Backs worth $ 2.65 million in guaranteed money, and the club has an option on its services for the 2021 season. The 35-year-old player posted a BPM of 3.55, a rate of 2.14 K / BB and 8.3 K / 9 in 83 2/3 innings in 2019, working exclusively as a reliever for the first time in his career. Assuming a full recovery of COVID-19, Guerra should provide the D’Backs with a durable pen arm, and his ability to chew the innings will be particularly useful in a shortened season as the starting pitchers pick up speed.

Bracho’s participation in the 2020 season was already on hold, as it was revealed last week that he suffered a setback in his convalescence after surgery for Tommy John and was placed on the 60-day injured list in Arizona. Bracho was operated on in March 2019, so it is particularly regrettable that this setback occurred when the right-hander wanted to be ready for the opening day. Bracho posted a BPM of 4.67, a rate of 2.82 K / BB and 9.4 K / 9 over 88 2/3 relief rounds for the 2015-2018 Diamondbacks, the 2018 campaign showing career records promising for Bracho in both ERA (3.19) and HR. / 9 (0.6) over 31 innings launched.

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