Two weeks into the season, the Red Sox are already battling COVID issues on their roster. On Monday, the team announced catcher Kevin Plawecki and two staff members had tested positive. Now, more players are joining them.
On Tuesday, catcher Christian Vazquez and infielder Jonathan Arauz were also added to the COVID-19 injury list. According to manager Alex Cora all three players are vaccinated, meaning they can return to the team once they test negative and will not need to take a mandatory quarantine beyond that.
In order to fill out the roster, the Red Sox called up catchers Connor Wong and Ronaldo Hernandez, outfielder Rob Refsnyder, and pitcher Tyler Danish from Triple-AAA Worcester. Wong, who was acquired by the team in the Mookie Betts trade, is expected to start while Vazquez and Plawecki are unavailable.
In an additional roster move, the team placed starting pitcher Rich Hill on the bereavement list. Hill’s father passed away late last week.
The Red Sox play the first game of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on Tuesday night. It will be the first night game of the year for the team in Boston.
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