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Injuries & Moves: Plawecki out with COVID-19

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Keep track of the Red Sox’s recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

C Kevin Plawecki (tested positive for COVID-19)
Expected return: TBD
Shortly before Monday’s 11:10 a.m. ET game against the Twins, the Red Sox learned that backup catcher Kevin Plawecki tested positive for COVID-19. Plawecki, who is vaccinated, got out of his uniform and into street clothes and left the ballpark after learning the news. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that two staff members — but not coaches — also tested positive. Connor Wong was recalled from Triple-A Worcester and will assume backup catching duties until Plawecki is cleared to return.

“We went through this,” said Cora. “I’m not going to get concerned with stuff that I can’t control. We went through the whole protocol. There were a few close contacts. They got tested. They’re good. We [get through] today and we’ll see what happens tomorrow.” — Ian Browne (Last updated: April 18)

LHP Josh Taylor (back soreness)
Expected return:
Late April or early May
Taylor pitched one inning in his first rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester on Sunday. The lefty threw 16 pitches, giving up one hit (a home run) and striking out one.

Given that Taylor was Boston’s best left-on-left reliever last season, his return will be important for a team that is still trying to establish roles in the bullpen. The Red Sox are treating Taylor’s rehab as if it is Spring Training, meaning he will probably throw in five or six outings before they activate him. — Molly Burkhardt (Last updated: April 17)

LHP James Paxton (Tommy John surgery)
Expected return:
Sometime around midseason
Though Paxton is still months from pitching for the Red Sox, he has spent the weekend getting acclimated to his new home digs at Fenway Park. The lefty continues to make solid progress. He threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday.

“Pax, he threw a bullpen [Friday] and everybody’s very excited to see where he’s at in his progression,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. — Ian Browne (Last update: April 16)

LHP Chris Sale (Stress fracture, right rib cage)
Expected return:
June, at earliest
There has been some forward progress in recent days with Sale. Prior to the April 15 home opener, the lanky lefty was in right field at Fenway Park playing catch. Sale estimates it is the fifth time he has played catch in the last week or so after not being permitted to do any throwing for roughly six weeks in the immediate aftermath of the injury.

“We’re in a good spot, obviously,” said Sale. “The worst part of it is time. The build back up is going to take a little bit of time, just because I’ve got to get some innings and get my arm stretched out. We’re on the right path.”

Sale isn’t sure when he will be cleared to throw off a mound but he was thrilled to make it to Boston after training solitude in for the past 10 days.

“It’s fun, talking trash, catching up with everybody, having some fun and we’re at Fenway Park,” Sale said. “Beautiful day out there. I love being around these guys. They help me.” — Ian Browne (Last updated: April 15)

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