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Red Sox’ Jarren Duran won’t be available for upcoming series against the Blue Jays in Toronto because he’s unvaccinated

Jarren Duran is unlikely to be available to the Red Sox for their upcoming series in Toronto.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

When the Red Sox make their trip to Toronto next week, outfielder Jarren Duran won’t be with the club, as the 25-year-old is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and thus cannot travel to Canada. Manager Alex Cora confirmed the news prior to the Red Sox’ series finale against the Tigers. Duran yet to establish himself as a big league regular, will join Tanner Houck (who isn’t vaccinated) on the shelf.

Duran has had some success in his limited time at the major league level this year. Entering Wednesday, Duran had played nine games with the Red Sox this season, compiling a .303 batting average in 37 plate appearances.


The Duran news makes the Sox’ outfield situation heading into that Blue Jays series a bit murky. Kiké Hernández is on the 10-day injured list with a right hip flexor strain, dating back to June 8. The Red Sox hoped to have him back soon, but Cora said Hernández had a setback and is likely not an option for the Toronto series.

“We were hoping that today [Hernández] was going to go out there and move around and swing the bat,” Cora said. “But it hasn’t happened yet. So it slows him down. And now we just got to see what’s next.”

Julian McWilliams can be reached at julian.mcwilliams@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @byJulianMack.