BOSTON — Manager Alex Cora tested positive for COVID-19 shortly before Thursday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, the Red Sox announced. Cora, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, is experiencing mild symptoms and will not travel with the team for its series in St. Petersburg.
Bench coach Will Venable managed in Cora’s place on Thursday.
Kevin Plawecki and two staff members tested positive prior to Monday’s Patriots’ Day game against the Twins. Plawecki, who is vaccinated, is said to be making good progress, and Cora didn’t rule out the catcher getting activated within the next couple of days.
Infielder Jonathan Araúz is also on the COVID-19 IL after testing positive Tuesday. Christian Vázquez had a brief stint on the COVID-19 IL this week, testing positive Tuesday before he was reactivated Wednesday.