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Date Player
7/2/2020 José Quintana, ChC, P
Quintana had surgery on Thursday to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb after he cut himself washing dishes at his home in Miami.

Analysis: Quintana needed five stitches and is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks as Chicago prepares for MLB's 60-game abbreviated season that starts in late July. Quintana went 13-9 with a 4.68 ERA last season to tie Jon Lester for the team lead in wins.
6/30/2020 Charlie Blackmon, Col, CF
Blackmon has become the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Analysis: Blackmon is a four-time All-Star slugger who hit .314 with 32 home runs and 86 RBIs last season. He turns 34 on July 1, the day players are set to begin reporting for the resumption of spring training.
6/30/2020 Ian Desmond, Col, CF
Desmond plans to sit out this season to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his hometown in Florida. The 34-year-old Desmond wrote Monday night on Instagram that the ''COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking.'' But the biracial slugger also mentioned a myriad of issues within baseball, including racism, sexism, homophobia and socioeconomic concerns.

Analysis: Desmond, who hit .255 with 20 homers in 140 games last season, had been due $5,555,556 for the prorated share of his $15 million salary, part of a $70 million, five-year contract. He is owed $8 million next year, and his deal includes a $15 million team option for 2022 with a $2 million buyout.
6/4/2020 Chris Archer, Pit, P
Archer won't pitch for the Pirates in 2020, and his time with the club may be over. The 31-year-old right-hander had surgery Tuesday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule.

Analysis: The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline. Archer's contract includes a $9 million salary this year, an option that was exercised in November. Archer will receive only a portion due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh holds an $11 million club option for 2021, with a $250,000 buyout.
 
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