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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora tests positive for COVID-19

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora tests positive for COVID-19
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, shown March 29, 2022, has been dealing with mild COVID-19 symptoms. File Photo by Steve Nesius/UPI | License Photo

April 21 (UPI) -- Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the team's upcoming three-game road trip against the Tampa Bay Rays that begins Friday.

Cora, who is vaccinated and boosted, has been dealing with mild COVID-19 symptoms, according to the team. He had been living in a hotel room for the past week after one of his children tested positive for the coronavirus.

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In Cora's absence, bench coach Will Venable will manage the Red Sox. Venable managed in Cora's place Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cora's positive test is the latest in a string of COVID-related absences for the Red Sox in recent days.

Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez and infielder Jonathan Arauz were placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, joining catcher Kevin Plawecki, who was added to the list Monday. Boston reinstated Vazquez from the list Wednesday.

The Red Sox have a 6-7 record this season and currently sit fourth in the American League East.

After Boston's three-game road swing against the Rays, the Red Sox will have a four-game road series against the Blue Jays and a three-game road set against the Baltimore Orioles.

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