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Red Sox pull Xander Bogaerts from game in Tampa Bay after testing positive for COVID-19

Developing story out of Tampa Bay regarding Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts testing positive for COVID-19

The Red Sox have pulled shortstop Xander Bogaerts from the game on Tuesday night. He was removed from the game after testing positive for COVID-19. Boston is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak within the clubhouse.

Bogaerts started the second inning off with a base hit. The 28-year-old shortstop drove in his 70th RBI on the play.

While Bogaerts was rounding first, manager Alex Cora came outside the dugout and waved the All-Star in.

COVID running rampant in Red Sox clubhouse

The Sox have now six players who have tested positive for COVID-19. The Red Sox are one of just seven major league teams that has not reached the 85% vaccination threshold.

The Red Sox have Kiké Hernández, Christian Arroyo, Matt Barnes, Martin Pérez and Hirokazu Sawamura on the COVID-related IL after testing positive.

Josh Taylor who was a close contact also is on the COVID-related IL. The club also has two coaches out due to COVID in addition to the players.

Losing Xander Bogaerts will be a crucial blow to the lineup

Losing Bogaerts due to COVID-19 for any extended period of time comes as a huge blow. The club continues to lose ground to the Rays, dropping to nine games out of first. Boston is clinging to a two game lead over Oakland for the last Wild Card spot.

– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)

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