ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Boston Pink Sox star shortstop Xander Bogaerts was pulled from Tuesday evening’s sport at Tampa Bay after testing constructive for COVID-19, the newest virus setback for the crew.
Bogaerts hit an RBI single within the first inning however left earlier than the beginning of the underside of the second.
It acquired worse from there for the Pink Sox.
Randy Arozarena, rookie Wander Franco and the Rays gained their ninth straight sport, breaking away from Boston 8-5 quickly after Pink Sox shortstop was pulled from the sport.
“Boggie is such a constant presence,” Pink Sox slugger Kyle Schwarber stated after the loss. “It’s unlucky. I feel your greatest concern is simply the well being of the people. That is no joke.”
Bogaerts wasn’t the primary Pink Sox to check constructive for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Earlier than the sport, the membership introduced that reliever Hirokazu Sawamura had examined constructive for the virus. Sawamura and reliever Josh Taylor had been positioned on the COVID-19 associated injured listing — Taylor was a detailed contact particular person.
The Boston bullpen has been hit arduous by the outbreak that began final week.
Left-hander Martín Pérez and right-hander Matt Barnes had been added to the COVID-19 injured listing earlier than Monday’s 6-1 loss to the Rays. It was introduced afterward that Taylor and first base coach Tom Goodwin had been in quarantine as shut contacts, and high quality management coach Ramón Vázquez had examined constructive.
Infielder-outfielder Kiké Hernández and infielder Christian Arroyo had been positioned on COVID-19 IL final Friday. They continue to be in Cleveland, the place the Pink Sox had been taking part in when each examined constructive.
Boston outfielder Hunter Renfroe, positioned on the bereavement listing Thursday following the dying of his father, cleared MLB protocols and was reinstated to the energetic roster. He began in proper area and hit leadoff.
“It hasn’t been straightforward, however I attempt to deal with the positives,” supervisor Alex Cora stated.