Amid Red Sox Outbreak, Xander Bogaerts Removed Mid-Game Because of Positive COVID-19 Test

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Amid Red Sox Outbreak, Xander Bogaerts Removed Mid-Game Because of Positive COVID-19 Test

Chicago Cubs

The Boston Red Sox have been experience a run of COVID-19 cases, and it just hit a bit of a tipping point, with star shortstop Xander Bogaerts removed mid-game because he, too, has tested positive.

Adding Bogaerts, the Red Sox are up to seven players out because of positive COVID tests or close contacts. There are also two coaches out. This is a full-on outbreak.

With Bogaerts apparently positive while playing in a game, it’s hard to speculate how widespread the contacts and infections could be. This is a mess, and even on teams with good vaccination rates, the current variant of the dang virus is just so absurdly transmissible. The Cubs have their own outbreak right now to deal with down at the Double-A level.

Hopefully this is the end of the spread and the players and coaches recover well. In the meantime, it looks like the Red Sox are going to lose their third game in a row tonight, and have fallen from just a game back in the AL East earlier this month to 10.0 games back after tonight. Oof.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.