While the Red Sox, and all other sports teams, have stopped playing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they had avoided any direct impact from the virus. On Tuesday, however, the announced that this had changed. The team announced that a minor-leaguer, who’s name is not being released, has tested positive for COVID-19.
First, the most important part which is that the player is doing well. Beyond that, the club has indicated that the player in question had left Fort Myers on March 15 and his positive test came in on March 23, so they believe it is more likely that he was infected after leaving. However, there is no such thing as too much caution in times like these, and the teams are indeed taking every precaution. Any player or employee who came into contact with the player is being directed to self-quarantine for 14 days.
Furthermore, the complex is being closed for deep cleaning and will remain closed for the next couple of weeks. This part is important for some players as there had been Red Sox players working out at the facility. Ron Roenicke had indicated recently that anywhere from eight to 15 players per day had been showing up.
This is the first player within the Red Sox organization to test positive for COVID-19, and the third professional baseball player. Two minor leaguers from the Yankees organization had also tested positive.