MLB: Red Sox Virus! Kiké Hernández contracts Covid-19 and one more is in doubt

For the Boston Red Sox, a major seven-game road trip began in scrambled mode. With the Puerto Rican utility Kiké Hernandez testing positive for COVID-19 and Christian Arroyo placeholder image Identified as a close contact, the Sox quickly saw their midfield depth diminish heading into Game 1 Friday night in Cleveland.

Hernandez is also an important part of the equation in center field, while the Red Sox do not have outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who is on the dueling list until at least Sunday:

The loss of two key players comes with the Sox seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East and leading the Oakland Athletics by two and a half games for the second AL wild-card spot coming in. up for grabs on Friday.

A great four-game series at Tropicana Field against the Rays begins Monday. For the Red Sox to have a realistic chance of winning the AL East, they will likely need to win three of four or sweep. The Rays are also going to Fenway for a three-game series Sept. 6-8.

The Red Sox had been fortunate that no players missed games due to COVID-19 this season, although bench coach Will Venable and first base coach Tom Goodwin (close contact) were out for an extended period earlier in the year. this month. Now, they face a reality that many other clubs have faced.

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Manager Alex Cora highlights how vigilant the Red Sox have been to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on their club. Hernandez is experiencing symptoms. The Red Sox expect Arroyo’s subsequent tests to be negative.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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