The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday had some positive injury news when manager Alex Cora revealed Ryan Brasier — who has yet to pitch in 2021 — could be activated before the four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays finishes Thursday.
But that wasn’t all. Cora also shared an update on utility man Danny Santana, who has been sidelined for more than a month with a groin injury.
Santana will make his last rehab start Tuesday. He will play in the second game of a doubleheader with Double-A Portland, which means that he won’t see time in Triple-A Worcester before returning to the bigs.
That’s not entirely unexpected as Cora said Friday he expected to fast-track Santana’s rehab as the COVID-19 situation within the organization began to unfold. At that point, Kiké Hernández and Christian Arroyo were the only players on the COVID-19 injured list.
But it’s an entirely different situation now as Hirokazu Sawamura on Tuesday marked the organization’s seventh positive test.
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