Red Sox Avoid COVID Scare With Matt Barnes

The Boston Red Sox avoided a major COVID injury scare with Matt Barnes' latest update, a recent negative test.
The Boston Red Sox avoided a major COVID injury scare with Matt Barnes' latest update, a recent negative test. / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Boston Red Sox nation held their breath when they learned All-Star reliever Matt Barnes was headed to the COVID-19 IL with virus-like symptoms on Tuesday. However, that news has quickly taken a positive turn.

On Tuesday night, Red Sox beat reporter Chris Cotillo reported that Barnes tested negative for COVID-19. Because his initial placement on the COVID-19 IL was not from a positive test result, but rather symptoms, there's no league requirement for two negative test results.

Matt Barnes Injury Update

Barnes could be activated prior to Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Boston looks to improve upon an average record of baseball over the past month. After going 18-10 in the month of June and building an AL East division lead of 4.5 games, Boston is just 13-14 since July 1.

The Red Sox now sit 1.0 game back of the Tampa Bay Rays and in firm control of the first AL Wild Card spot. However, this team will need to halt its current slide down the stretch. Barnes will be a big part of that. The eight-year veteran earned his first All-Star appearance in 2021 while tossing to a 2.30 ERA and 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings through 43.0 innings pitched.

Currently, Boston owns +1600 odds to win the 2021 World Series, according to the latest MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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