Orlando Arcia was one of the Brewers’ few bright spots on Opening Day in Chicago, but it looks like the team may be getting some infield reinforcements sometime in the next couple weeks.
Manager Craig Counsell says Luis Urias has been cleared to start working out at the team’s alternate training site in Appleton after finally getting the back-to-back negative tests needed to clear the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
Brewerfan.net’s Jim Goulart was (of course) one of the first to notice Urias among the players photographed working out in the Fox Valley, and the team confirmed Urias was a “full go” this morning.
Meanwhile, in Appleton: Is Keon Broxton ever "not" smiling? Dylan File with the flow going strong. Is that Luis Urias in 3rd photo from bottom? #Brewers https://t.co/XwPFlpXbR4— Jim Goulart (@Mass_Haas) July 25, 2020
Good news on the health front for the Brewers: Luis Urías, who spent weeks quarantined after a positive test for COVID-19, has been cleared to work out with the group in Appleton. pic.twitter.com/7ShmhbFys9— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) July 25, 2020
Urias tested positive for the virus before the team even reported to Summer Camp at the start of the month and was asymptomatic, which no doubt made the wait even more frustrating for him. Acquired from San Diego in the offseason in the deal that sent Zach Davies and Trent Grisham to the Padres, Urias figured to factor into the Brewers’ infield mix in the shortened season.
Counsell says Urias will need some time to get up to speed after missing the three-or-so weeks of workouts and live scrimmages, but if the Brewers’ bats on Opening Day were any indication, so does the rest of the team.
It’ll likely be a week or two before we see Urias join the big league team. In the meantime, we can enjoy Arcia’s pursuit of .400 and a batting title.