Red Sox manager Alex Cora tests positive for COVID-19, will not travel to series against the Rays
Red Sox manager Alex Cora tests positive for COVID-19, will not travel to series against the Rays

Red Sox manager Alex Cora tests positive for COVID-19, will not travel to series against the Rays

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Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not manage Thursday afternoon’s series final against Toronto Blue Jays (GameTracker), the team announced. Bench coach Will Venable serves as acting manager. The Red Sox say Cora will not travel with the team for their road series against Tampa Bay Rays this weekend.

Cora, 46, is fully vaccinated and boosted, say the Red Sox, and he is dealing with mild symptoms. According to this season’s protocols, only symptomatic individuals are tested, and Cora must test negative twice before he can rejoin the team.

Boston has two players, catcher Kevin Plawecki and utility infielder Jonathan Ara├║zon the COVID list at the moment. Several Red Sox players have not been vaccinated and will not be able to take the trip to Toronto next weekincluding righty Tanner Houck. Like the United States, Canada requires all incoming international travelers to be fully vaccinated.

This is Cora’s fourth season as Red Sox manager. He led the club to the 2018 World Series title and the team is 290-208 (.582) under his watch. Cora served a one-year suspension in 2020 for her role in 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox Character Stealing Scandals.

Mariners are currently without most of their coaching staffincluding manager Scott Servais, due to a COVID outbreak.

The Red Sox come to Thursday with a record of 6-6 in the beginning.


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