The Boston Red Sox are having a hard time with COVID-related issues.
Not only will the unvaccinated Tanner Houck miss the series against the Toronto Blue Jays, but they, additionally, had to send a couple of players to the COVID-19 injured list.
“Red Sox announce moves: Christian Vázquez and Jonathan Araúz to COVID-19 IL. Tyler Danish and Rob Refsnyder up from Worcester,” Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com tweeted.
Red Sox announce moves: Christian Vázquez and Jonathan Araúz to COVID-19 IL. Tyler Danish and Rob Refsnyder up from Worcester.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) April 19, 2022
Now, a player’s placement on the COVID-19 list doesn’t necessarily mean he tested positive for the virus.
It could mean that he reported some symptoms, or was a close contact to a positive case.
The Red Sox’s Roster Is In Flux
In any case, the Red Sox’s roster is in a continuous state of flux with the recent news.
Arauz and Vazquez, therefore, will be away from the team at least for a couple of days.
Vazquez hasn’t really been hitting much (a .208 average and a .564 OPS, with one home run), but he is the starting catcher and an important presence on the field and in the dugout.
The 5-5 Red Sox are currently second in the AL East division, tied with their arch rivals, the New York Yankees.
They made it all the way to the American League Championship Series last season after leaving behind the Blue Jays in the regular season.
This time around, however, Toronto looks stronger on paper, and the Red Sox will be short-handed for what it’s looking like a crucial series.
They hope Vazquez and Arauz can return relatively soon, and Houck could rejoin the rotation immediately after the teams lands from Toronto.