After testing positive for COVID-19, Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox ace, will not be able to make his next start.
According to MLB protocol, Sale will be required to rest for a minimum of 10 consecutive days. Sale was scheduled to begin against the Chicago White Sox Sunday.
Since Aug. 27, he is the 10th Boston-based player to test positive for COVID-19. 11 other players have been sidelined due to symptoms or close contact of positive cases. The team has eight players on its COVID injured roster, including starter Nick Pivetta and shortstop Xander Boerts.
Red Sox pitchers Brad Peacock and Kutter Crawford have been called upon to start the rotation due to a recent outbreak of violence in the clubhouse.
Sale, a seven-time All-Star pitcher, was unable to play in 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Sale returned to the rotation and has been a resurgent player, going 3-0 in 25 innings with a 2.52 ERA across five starts.