The Red Sox COVID issues are not going away, and in fact only continue to get worse. At the start of Boston’s Tuesday night game against the Rays, they had nine players and coaches who had tested positive for COVID, with a good chunk of their bullpen on the COVID list as well as Kiké Hernández and Christian Arroyo. Now they’ve lost another one during the game. Xander Bogaerts left the second inning of the evening game down in Florida, and the Red Sox announced during the game that the shortstop had tested positive for COVID.
Xander Bogaerts tested positive for COVID.— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) September 1, 2021
It’s hard to overstate how bad this is for the Red Sox on the field, without even getting into the more important aspect of the players’ and coaches’ health. The Red Sox are one of the few teams to never cross the 85 percent vaccination mark, and while they’ve had vaccinated players test positive in breakthrough cases, it’s hard not to make the connection between this outbreak and their inability to get enough of their clubhouse vaccinated.
Bogaerts will be out for at least 10 days, coming at a brutal time with the Red Sox clinging to a playoff spot. Look for Jonathan Araúz to get a whole lot of starts coming up at shortstop, as the infield depth starts to wither with the bullpen depth.