Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes tests positive for COVID-19

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes tests positive for COVID-19

Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes has tested positive for COVID-19, according to manager Alex Cora.
Cora said on Saturday that Barnes was asymptomatic, but he was ruled out for opening day against the Baltimore Orioles on April 1. More time may be running out, but the timing is unclear at this time.

Barnes moved closer to the team in August when the Red Sox traded Brandon Workman to the Philadelphia Phillies. He’s in his eighth year with the Red Sox and is 26-21 with a 4.08 career GPA.

The 30-year-old former first-round pick would be in the mix to be closest to the squad this season with newly acquired Adam Ottavino. Now that long-term decision will have to wait, as Ottavino will presumably take on the role in the short term.

Matt Andriese, who was scheduled to take part in Saturday’s spring training game, was unable to do so as he was ruled out due to possible exposure. It is possible that more dominoes will fall in the coming days.

“With the guidelines and protocols, it’s now a fire drill,” Cora said.

Cora did not specify how many other players are currently in the process of contact tracing and said he could not reveal more just yet.

Tom Caron of NESN explained what the news means as a whole.

“Others might be forced to self-isolate,” Caron tweeted. “All this five days before the opening day. The Sox scrambles to see who throws the final spring practice games.

Starter Eduardo Rodriguez, missed the entire 2020 season after testing positive for COVID-19 and battling myocarditis. He was on track to start on Open Day this year, but a dead arm delayed him and ruled him out for Open Day. Rodriguez said he felt strong in his pen session on Saturday morning.

From Saturday morning, Nathan Eovaldi should start Thursday, but the situation is fluid.

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