Red Sox star Xander Bogaerts tests positive for COVID-19

Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has tested positive for COVID-19, the club announced during Tuesday night’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field.

Bogaerts, who started Tuesday’s contest at shortstop while batting cleanup, was initially removed in the middle of the second inning after ripping an RBI single that gave the Sox an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first.

As he went out to go to his defensive position for the bottom half of the second, however, Bogaerts was pulled, as he was waved back into the Red Sox dugout by manager Alex Cora.

The 28-year-old All-Star was replaced at shortstop by starting second baseman Jonathan Arauz, while Yairo Munoz — who was on the bench to start things out on Tuesday — took over for Arauz at second base.

By testing positive for COVID-19, Bogaerts joins the likes of Enrique Hernandez, Christian Arroyo, Matt Barnes, Martin Perez and Hirokazu Sawamura as Red Sox players who have come down with the virus since Friday.

In addition to those six testing positive, quality control coach Ramon Vazquez and strength and conditioning coach have also tested positive for COVID-19, while left-hander Josh Taylor and first base coach Tom Goodwin have been identified as close contacts and are also in a mandatory quarantine.

Because Bogaerts most recently tested positive for COVID-19, he will have to stay away from the Red Sox for a minimum of 10 days.

(Picture of Xander Bogaerts: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Author: Brendan Campbell

Blogging about the Boston Red Sox since April '17. Also support Tottenham Hotspur.

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