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Center fielder Lorenzo Cain informed the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday that he is electing not to play the rest of the season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cain had appeared in five games, hitting .333 and scoring four runs. He won the Gold Glove last season.

The Brewers' home opener at Miller Park against the St. Louis Cardinals scheduled for Friday night was postponed when members of the Cardinals tested positive for the coronavirus. The teams were expected to play a doubleheader on Sunday to make it up, but a report of more positive tests for the Cardinals has the entire weekend series in question.

Milwaukee (3-3) released a statement acknowledging Cain's decision.

"Lorenzo Cain has informed us that he will not participate for the remainder of the 2020 season. We fully support Lorenzo's decision, and will miss his talents on the field and leadership in the clubhouse," it read.

Cain, 34, is unlikely to receive any portion of his salary for this season unless he is determined to be a high-risk individual, but he will have two years remaining on the five-year, $80 million contract he signed in January 2018.

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Joe Kellys suspension reduced from eight games to five, Dodgers say

MLB has reduced Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly’s suspension from eight games to five on appeal, the team announced Wednesday (per the Los Angeles Times and

Kelly received eight games for throwing a fastball over the head of Astros third baseman Alex Bregman and for taunting Houston shortstop Carlos Correa in a game July 28. Kelly’s interaction with Correa led to the benches emptying.

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Houston manager Dusty Baker said after the game that there was no place in baseball for a pitcher throwing near a batter’s head. Kelly argued the pitch was unintentional, saying his control was off.

Baseball’s decision to ban Kelly was met with widespread disapproval inside the game. Multiple players saw the move as one more instance of MLB protecting the Astros after they admitted cheating in their 2017 World Series championship season by stealing signs with video technology.

The Astros defeated the Dodgers in that year’s Series, and they also eliminated the Red Sox in the ALDS. Kelly was a member of that Boston team and pitched in the series.

Kelly is on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. He will begin serving his suspension when he returns to LA’s active roster.

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