ST. PETERSBURG, Fla – Boston infielder Yairo Muñoz has become the latest Red Sox player to test positive for COVID-19 as the wave of the virus hitting the team remains relentless.
Eight Boston players and two coaches have tested positive or have been identified as close contacts since Friday.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said Wednesday.
Bloom said that most of the players who tested positive have been vaccinated.
Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts was retired in the second inning of Tuesday night’s 8-5 loss to the Rays due to a positive test. Before the game it was announced that reliever Hirokazu Sawamura had tested positive.
Red Sox left-hander Martin Perez and right-hander Matt Barnes were added to the COVID-19 disabled list on Monday. Additionally, reliever Josh Taylor and first base coach Tom Goodwin were identified as close contacts and quality control coach Ramón Vázquez tested positive.
Infielders Kike Hernández and Christian Arroyo were placed on the COVID-19 inactive list last Friday.
The Red Sox started Wednesday with a one-game lead over Oakland for the second AL wild card.