Boston Red Sox Have Been Attacked By The Plague
The Boston Red Sox are under attack, and no it isn’t another team that is doing the attacking. Instead there is a disease called the flu that is plaguing the Red Sox clubhouse going from player to player causing them to miss games.
Friday in Detroit, Hanley Ramirez is the latest victim. The first baseman/designated hitter is out of the lineup and considered day-to-day.
“Understand that this isn’t just someone getting some aches and sniffles,” manager John Farrell told reporters. “There’s a high-grade fever that’s associated with this. We’ve done our best to try to quarantine individuals, but at the same time we have to be realistic about what we can expect from each guy that’s had to go through it.”
Betts didn’t travel to Detroit with the team, but is expected to be ready for game action on Saturday.
“We’re talking about guys that have received flu shots at the normal time of the year, late fall or early winter,” Farrell said. “We’ve taken guys out of the clubhouse and kept guys off flights that have tested positive for the flu. I don’t know what else there can be done. The game goes on. It’s not going to wait for anyone. This is an opportunity for others to step up and get some playing time today. We’ll be fine. We’ll get through this.”
What makes matters worse is that relief pitcher Matt Barnes and shortstop Xander Bogaerts are both on bereavement at the moment with Barnes expected to join the team on Sunday and Bogey on Monday. In their places on the active roster Boston called up utility infielder Marco Hernandez and relief pitcher Noe Ramirez, both of whom were active for Friday’s series opening game against the Detroit Tigers.
This flue bug started back in spring training when Mitch Moreland got the bug and has gone around the clubhouse causing the staff to disinfect the entire clubhouse three times and use rubber gloves when touching everything. Robbie Ross is the only player to officially have the flu, and his case is so bad he was placed on the 10-day-dl.
With a 2-1 record to start the season and 3 more games remaining in Detroit John Farrell has his work cut out for him trying to field a team that is essentially bare bones.