Red Sox relievers Hernandez, Taylor test positive for COVID-19

Ruben Hill
July 7, 2020

"We do have some positive tests, and with COVID laws and the rules that Major League Baseball has placed on protocols, I won't be able to give the names on these", Roenicke said.

Taylor's positive was discovered during the intake process at Fenway when the Sox conducted tests of incoming players on Wednesday of this week. Though it's now unclear if the positive tests will cause the pitchers to miss Opening Day on July 23 or 24, the short, three-week ramp-up period makes it tough to envision either being on the Opening Day roster. Individual players have not been identified, but some teams have raised suspicions by placing players on an injured list this week without announcing an injury.

Roenicke would not say the exact number of positive tests. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Padres outfielder Tommy Pham are the most notable players to test positive so far. Due to the ballpark's opening in 1912, Fenway Park's locker rooms remain among the smallest in all of professional sports, an environment that would be physically impossible for athletes to safely social distance.

"I feel really good about what they put into place (for safety protocols)", Roenicke said. Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez was not present. Hernandez, however, is still at home and will have to test negative twice before flying.

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