Brewers activate Andrew McCutchen after COVID diagnosis

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers will have Andrew McCutchen back on the roster as they begin a new series against the Washington Nationals on Friday night.

McCutchen was activated from the injured list after testing positive for COVID-19 on May 7. McCutchen’s positive test after he reported having symptoms. On May 11, he tweeted that he was experiencing body aches from the virus and felt like he was “sparring with Mike Tyson and got punched in the kidneys repeatedly.”

Prior to the positive COVID diagnosis, McCutchen was hitting .240 with a .290 on-base percentage as the team’s primary designated hitter, with 2 home runs and 14 runs driven in over the course of 25 games.

McCutchen entertained Brewers fans on Twitter during his time away, showing his frustration at being sidelined.

The Brewers sent relief pitcher Trevor Kelley back to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the active roster for McCutchen. Kelley was called up to the majors on Tuesday to replace J.C. Mejía, who tested positive for a banned substance and was subsequently suspended for 80 games.

Kelley pitched in one game after his brief call-up, getting credit for his first Major League win after pitching an inning in Wednesday’s extra-inning win over the Atlanta Braves.

The Brewers hope McCutchen’s return will help bolster a lineup that has especially struggled against left-handed pitching. So far this year, the Brewers are hitting just .214 with a .292 on-base percentage and .353 slugging percentage against left-handers, despite several offseason additions designed to address the team’s weakness against lefties.

First pitch between the Brewers and Nationals is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. in Milwaukee.