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.
Xander Bogaerts tested positive for COVID.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) September 1, 2021
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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