Two additional Boston Red Sox players are being isolated after testing positive for COVID-19, the club informed reporters, including Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald (via Twitter).
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and infield prospect Bobby Dalbec each tested positive for COVID-19 (and consented to the public disclosure of that information), Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke told reporters.
Fortunately, there is no indication that either player is dealing with significant health complications at this time. It even sounds as if there’s some hope for Rodriguez to be ready for the start of the season — or, at least, the southpaw is holding out the possibility of being ready on Opening Day.
As with all such cases around MLB, the two keys here are to ensure the health of the infected players and prevent any further transmission. Before they are able to join the Boston summer camp, Rodriguez and Dalbec will need to quarantine for at least 14 days and twice test negative.
Rodriguez had an impressive spring after a quality showing last season, when he went 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA and 213 strikeouts in 203 1/3 innings. He’s looking to lay the groundwork for his final trip through arbitration and perhaps take another step forward as a front-line starter.
Dalbec reached Triple A last year and earned a top-100 prospect grade from Baseball America. He’s surely hoping to debut in the majors in 2020.