The Red Sox are already having a busy day, still three hours remaining until the start of their series against the White Sox. We learned this morning that Chris Sale had tested positive for COVID, and he has been officially placed on the COVID list. That is just one part of a flurry of moves, that also includes the return of Xander Bogaerts from the COVID list, the return of Darwinzon Hernandez from the injured list, and the call-up of Kaleb Ort. Jonathan Araúz is also being optioned, while Austin Davis was placed on paternity leave. Got all that?
Bogaerts is active.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) September 10, 2021
Darwinzon Hernandez is active
Kaleb Ort is active
Sale to Covid IL
Arauz sent to AAA
Davis on paternity leave
The two big bits of news here are obviously with Sale and Bogaerts. We talked about the former when that news first broke. As for Bogaerts, there’s not much to say. He’s a core part of this team, and probably the best player. He will instantly improve this lineup and hopefully help get them back to a consistent level.
Meanwhile, the bullpen gets a couple of intriguing additions. Hernandez has been on the injured list since late July as he’s been dealing with an oblique issue. Control will of course always be a problem for the lefty, but having his stuff back in the mix is certainly a good thing. As for Ort, he was a minor-league Rule 5 pick from the Yankees this past offseason and has been opening eyes since spring training. He’s spent the entire season with Worcester, pitching to a 3.12 ERA over 43 1⁄3 innings, striking out 59 while walking 20.
Update (7:30 PM ET)
It turns out Araúz is actually being put on the COVID list rather than being optioned to Triple-A.
The Red Sox announce that Jonathan Araúz is on the COVID I.L.— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) September 10, 2021
The good news is it seems that Araúz hasn’t actually tested positive, but rather is just experiencing symptoms. In similar cases the absence has only been a couple of days.