The Red Sox experienced a COVID-19 outbreak on Monday morning ahead of their Patriots Day game against the Twins.
Catcher Kevin Plawecki tested positive along with two non-coaching staff members, manager Alex Cora revealed.
“I mean we’ve been through this, I’m not going to get concerned with stuff I can’t control,” Cora said. “We went through the whole protocol. There were a few close contacts. They got tested. They’re good. We live today. We’ll see what happens tomorrow.”
Plawecki, who is vaccinated, was placed on the COVID-related injury list. Connor Wong was on his way from Worcester and expected to make it in time to be the backup catcher.
The news came one day after Tanner Houck told the Globe he would not be traveling to Toronto next week for the team’s series with the Blue Jays because he’s not vaccinated.
Cora said Houck wasn’t the only player who would miss the key series with a division rival. The Jays started Monday in first place, one game ahead of the Red Sox.
Rich HIll was on the mound for the matinee on Monday. Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec were out of the Sox’ lineup in favor of Christian Arroyo and Travis Shaw.
Hill, 42, recently lost his father, Lloyd Hill Sr., who died Friday at the age of 94.
Story by Jason Mastrodonato, Boston Herald