The COVID-19 outbreak in the Boston Red Sox clubhouse is not over, as ace Chris Sale will miss at least his next start after testing positive for the disease.
Sale, who will have to sit a minimum of 10 days under MLB protocols, was scheduled to start against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
He is the 10th Boston player since Aug. 27 to test positive for COVID-19, with another 11 marginalized due to symptoms or close contact with positive cases. Eight players, including shortstop Xander Bogaerts, reliever Matt Barnes and starter Nick Pivetta, are on the team’s COVID disabled list, though some could rejoin the team this weekend.
The recent outbreak at the clubhouse has seen the Red Sox lean on pitchers Kutter Crawford and Brad Peacock to make rotation starts.
Sale, a seven-time All-Star, missed the 2020 season recovering from Tommy John surgery. Since rejoining the rotation, Sale has looked like he was before, going 3-0 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings in five starts.