MLB refutes Red Sox Hunter Renfroe accusation


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MLB refutes Red Sox Hunter Renfroe accusation

Major League Baseball on Thursday rebutted Boston Red Sox outfielder Hunter Renfroe’s allegation that the league told the team to stop testing for COVID-19 amid the outbreak sweeping through the team’s clubhouse.

“Basically, MLB told us to stop testing and just treat the symptoms,” Refroe said early Thursday on WEEI’s “Merloni and Fauria” show. “And we thought, ‘No, let’s find out what’s going on and keep trying to get this under control.’

Anchor Lou Merloni asked him if MLB had asked the Red Sox to stop testing.

“Yes,” Renfroe said.

“And to try to play, go ahead and not worry about it?” Merloni asked.

“Yes,” Renfroe said.

Renfroe “is completely wrong and inaccurate,” a league spokesman told the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox also refuted Renfroe’s comments.

“We have been following MLB’s COVID-19 protocols throughout the season,” the team said in a statement. “We have consulted closely with them about everything we have done and continue to run tests, and their medical staff have been very supportive.”

As of Thursday, nine people on the team tested positive for the virus, and another 11 were sidelined due to symptoms or close contact with positive cases. Players who were left out include Xander Bogaerts, Enrique Hernandez, Christian Arroyo, Matt Barnes and Nick Pivetta.

Boston is below the 85 percent vaccination threshold at the clubhouse, although some of the players who tested positive are vaccinated.


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