The Boston Pink Sox scratched Nick Pivetta on Sunday and positioned the Canadian right-hander on the COVID-19 injured checklist.
The Pink Sox additionally added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the checklist about half-hour earlier than the primary pitch in opposition to visiting Cleveland. Santana is the eleventh Boston participant — six place gamers and 5 pitchers — to go on the COVID-19-related damage checklist prior to now 10 days.
Pivetta, who hails from Victoria, was slated to start out the sequence finale at Fenway Park.
“It’s important to be affected person,” Pink Sox supervisor Alex Cora mentioned of the scenario, explaining how the Yankees and his shut buddy, supervisor Aaron Boone, dealt with it earlier this season.
“It’s unusual, however truthfully that is one thing, Boonie went by way of this within the season,” Cora mentioned. “The best way he dealt with it from afar, I used to be like: ‘Wow! That is nice.”‘
‘You gotta preserve going’
From the primary day after the all-star break till Aug. 8, the Yankees positioned 9 gamers on the COVID-19 checklist, together with all-stars Aaron Decide and Gerrit Cole.
With the Pink Sox trying to safe a playoff spot, Cora is aware of there isn’t any time to calm down.
“You gotta preserve going,” he mentioned. “It is not straightforward. I might like to have all people right here, however, on the identical time, it is a part of it. It is a problem, but it surely’s a problem that we like as a bunch.”
Kutter Crawford, 25, was recalled from triple-A Worcester. The fitting-hander began in opposition to the Indians and gave up two runs within the first inning in his main league debut.
Boston rallied late to win the primary two video games of the sequence.
The Pink Sox entered play Sunday a half-game behind the Yankees for the American League’s first wild-card spot and 4 video games forward of Oakland for the second berth.