Seth Beer 4th Diamondbacks player to test positive for COVID-19
Jul 7, 2020, 6:56 PM | Updated: 8:21 pm
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Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Seth Beer has tested positive for COVID-19, manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday.
Beer is the fourth player the D-backs have announced to contract the virus. Relievers Silvino Bracho and Junior Guerra along with right fielder Kole Calhoun have tested positive.
Lovullo said Tuesday all three are asymptomatic and improving but did not have an update as to how Beer was feeling on Tuesday.
“I did see him a couple of days in Salt River (Fields) and he looked great,” Lovullo said of Beer.
Beer tested positive after the team’s initial testing period that cleared everyone before summer camp began on July 3.
Left fielder David Peralta was sick at the time of that testing so he underwent four different negative COVID-19 tests before joining the team on Monday.
Beer is one of the most highly-touted D-backs prospects, ranked No. 12 by MLB Pipeline. Beer made the D-backs’ 60-man group for the 2020 season but is not on the active 40-man roster.
The first baseman, who was acquired at the trade deadline in the Zack Greinke deal, finished his Arizona Fall League 2019 season with a .315/.375/.452 slash. He recorded 23 hits including five doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs.
In his regular season for the minors last year across High-A in Fayetteville (Astros); Double-A Corpus Christi (Astros) and Jackson (D-backs), Beer hit .289/.388/.516 with 130 hits, 26 home runs and 103 RBIs/