After an inconclusive COVID-19 test result came back on Sunday, Red Sox third-base coach Carlos Febles was sent home and did not travel with the team to Florida.
Following their losses to the Yankees, the Red Sox traveled to Florida on their off day on Monday to take on the Rays, but Febles did not. Manager Ron Roenicke confirmed his departure, stating: “We’re pretty sure this thing is going to come out negative, but we didn’t want to take a chance. We didn’t fly him down here with us to Tampa. He’s back in Boston and he’s got to wait for a test.”
According to MassLive’s Chris Cotillo, Roenicke spoke to Febles earlier on Tuesday, and the test results were expected to be back either that night or Wednesday morning. In his absence, coach Ramon Vazquez has filled Febles’s duties in St. Petersburg. The Red Sox will take on the Rays on Thursday.
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No other players or coaches on the Red Sox are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 since the season began. Pitchers Darwinzon Hernandez, Eduardo Rodriguez, Josh Taylor and third-base prospect Bobby Dalbec had positive results in early July.
Chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom announced on Saturday that Rodriguez — who is currently dealing with myocarditis as a result of the virus — will not pitch this season. To ensure safety, the team has been taking precautions while traveling following the outbreaks around the league, such as staying in the hotel, sanitizing their luggage, and traveling on a larger plane.
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