BOSTON (AP) -Boston Red Sox scratched Nick Pivetta Sunday, placing his right hand on the list of COVID-19 injured.
Pivetta was to start against Cleveland at Fenway Park. Instead, he becomes the 10th Boston player — five position players and five wingers — to go on the COVID-19-related injury list in the last 10 days.
“You have to be patient,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of the situation, explaining how the Yankees and his close friend, manager Aaron Boone, handled it earlier this season.
“It’s weird, but honestly, it’s something Boonie went through this season,” Cora said. “The way he handled it from a long distance was like, ‘Wow! This is great.'”
From the first day after the All-Star break until August 8, the Yankees placed nine players on the COVID-19 list, including All-Stars Aaron Judge and Gerrit Cole.
As the Red Sox want to secure a playoff spot, Cora knows there is no time to relax.
“You have to keep going,” he said. “It’s not easy. I would love to have everyone here, but at the same time it’s part of it. It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge that we like as a group.”
Cutter Crawford, 25, was recalled from Triple-A Worcester. The right-hander starts the league final against the Indians in his major league debut.
Boston gathered late to win the first two games of the series.
The Red Sox came into the game Sunday half a game behind the Yankees for AL’s first wild-card spot and four games ahead of Oakland for second berth.
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