Danny Santana became the 11th Red Sox player to test positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 27 prior to Saturday’s game against the White Sox in Chicago.
The outfielder spent a couple days on the COVID-related injured list last week due to symptoms, but this time will require a longer stay after testing positive. Jack Lopez replaced him on the roster as the Red Sox looked to rebound from Friday night’s loss with Connor Seabold set to make his major league debut.
With Nick Pivetta and Chris Sale both on the COVID-related IL, Boston is turning to the minors to find starting arms, and Seabold — 2-3 with a 3.67 ERA for Triple-A Worcester — will get the call for Saturday evening. Dylan Cease will throw for Chicago; the righthander allowed six hits and two earned runs in 4⅔ innings in Boston on April 17.
J.D. Martinez was again a late scratch after appearing in the initial lineup; he was pulled with back spasms on Friday.
RED SOX (80-63): Hernández 2B, Schwarber LF, Bogaerts SS, Devers 3B, Renfroe RF, Verdugo CF, Dalbec 1B, Shaw DH, Vázquez C.
Pitching: RHP Connor Seabold (MLB Debut)
WHITE SOX (81-60): Robert CF, Moncada 3B, Abreu 1B, Jiménez DH, Grandal C, García SS, Gonzalez LF, Goodwin CF, Hernández 2B
Pitching: RHP Dylan Cease (11-7, 3.87 ERA)
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV, radio: NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7
Red Sox vs. Cease: Bogaerts 3-3, Devers 0-1, Hernández 2-3, Iglesias 1-2, Martinez 1-3, Plawecki 0-2, Santana 0-3, Schwarber 3-5, Verdugo 0-2
Stat of the day: Bobby Dalbec has posted a 1.195 OPS since July 31, second only to Bryce Harper (1.198).
Notes: Connor Seabold, a third-round pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2017, was traded to the Red Sox last year as part of the deal that netted them Nick Pivetta, who could return from the COVID-19 injured list Sunday to start in place of Chris Sale ... Dylan Cease is three strikeouts shy of his first season with 200. He had a 4-0 stretch over six starts snapped when he allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings in a loss to the Kansas City Royals last time out. He fanned nine in the contest, falling one short of reaching double digits for the fourth time in seven outings ... Chicago holds an 11-game advantage in the AL Central ... The Red Sox maintain a one-game lead over the Yankees for the first wild-card spot after New York lost its seventh straight.
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