Chris Sale has tested positive for the Covid virus and his turn in the rotation will be skipped this Sunday. The Red Sox have not announced who will step on the hill for Sale as he sits out Sunday’s game vs the Chicago White Sox.
The Norm, if you can call it that, is a ten-day trip to the Covid List. But vaccinated players have made it back to their squads sooner than that. Sale is the tenth player to be hit with a positive test or twelfth including close contacts since the virus started sweeping through the Red Sox clubhouse two weeks ago.
It is not clear if Sale is vaccinated or not. Sale did have what he called a “mild case“ back in January that Chris Smith of Mass Live reported on in February. The Sox are one of a few teams that have not surpassed the 85% threshold for vaccinations.
Tanner Houck starts tonight in Chicago. TBD (most likely Seabold) on Saturday. And who knows on Sunday as Chris Sale became the 10th Red Sox player to test positive for Covid 19 in the last two weeks and will become the 12th to go on the Covid IL over that span. — Ian Browne (@IanMBrowne) September 10, 2021
Red Sox players who could return this weekend for the series in Chicago are Nick Pivetta– Xander Bogaerts – Hirokazu Sawamura – Matt Barnes and Yairo Munoz. ( Nothing against Ian Brown) But Pivetta is vaccinated and his turn in the rotation is Saturday. As for Sunday? I think Connor Seabold could make his Big League debut.
Or the Red Sox could give Righty Kutter Crawford another turn in the rotation. Either way, the White Sox caught a break.
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