Jarren Duran is on his way to Boston from Triple-A Worcester and will join the Red Sox for Friday’s game against the White Sox. Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

BOSTON — The Red Sox don’t have any new confirmed COVID-19 cases but two sick players have the organization on high alert as Boston begins a three-game series against the White Sox on Friday night.

Center fielder Kiké Hernández and starter Rich Hill are both exhibiting symptoms and will be placed on the COVID-19 injured list, Manager Alex Cora said. Both players have not tested positive yet. To fill their spots on the roster, the Sox will recall outfielder Jarren Duran and righty John Schreiber from Triple-A Worcester in time for first pitch.

Hernández started feeling ill Thursday and was out of the lineup for Boston’s loss to the Angels. Hill started Thursday’s game and pitched well; Garrett Whitlock will take his spot in the rotation Wednesday night in Atlanta.

Both Hernández and Hill will continue testing. MLB rules dictate that the Red Sox can keep them on the COVID list if they are exhibiting symptoms, even without a positive test.

“They’re going through testing,” Cora said. “We’ll get the results, probably, later on. Symptoms-wise, they do have it and hopefully, there’s nothing wrong.”

The Red Sox have dealt with various COVID-related issues throughout the season. In April, three players – Kevin Plawecki, Christian Vázquez and Jonathan Araúz – all missed games after testing positive. Cora missed six games after testing positive himself. Despite relaxed protocols, the virus is still an issue the club is dealing with..


“We’re doing what we’re supposed to do,” Cora said. “It’s a different world compared to last year. It’s a different world compared to three years ago. I think the most important thing that we have going is that if you feel sick, talk to the training staff. That’s something that the message is loud and clear (on).”

Schreiber pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Toronto last week and owns a 1.46 ERA in seven appearances for the WooSox this season. Duran, who will lead off and start in center field Friday, has hit .397 with two homers, 11 RBIs and a 1.116 OPS in 15 games at Triple-A.

TWINS: Minnesota avoided a scare with star shortstop Carlos Correa, whose right middle finger is not broken as initially feared following a hit-by-pitch in the previous game.

The CT scan Friday confirmed that he did not suffer a fracture, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. He’s just bruised and sore.

“Thank you Lord,” Correa tweeted.

His status will be evaluated day to day, and he won’t have to go on the injured list.


“The reality is it’s just going to be inflammation and soreness management,” Falvey said.

For now, top prospect Royce Lewis will replace Correa. Lewis was recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to make his major league debut, filling the roster spot of infielder Luis Arraez, who was placed on the COVID-19 list.

CARDINALS: Two-time Gold Glove-winning outfielder Tyler O’Neill went to a salary arbitration hearing with St. Louis, asking a three-man panel to award him $4.15 million rather than the team’s $3.4 million offer.

A decision from arbitrators Mark Burstein, Brian Keller and John Stout is not expected for several weeks. The three heard the case remotely.

O’Neill set career bests last year with a .286 average, 34 homers and 80 RBI, finishing eighth in NL MVP voting. He is hitting .213 with two homers and 19 RBI this season.

POSTPONEMENTS: All-Star aces Max Scherzer, Shane Bieber and Gerrit Cole all got early showers Friday.


So did many other players after six games were rained out, the most Major League Baseball postponements in a day because of inclement weather since 2018.

Wrigley Field, Yankee Stadium and Camden Yards were among the ballparks where games were wiped out. And there’s no guarantee the rain will go away this weekend, either.

The last time there were a half-dozen games called off because of weather was April 15, 2018, when snow, sleet, wind and rain conspired to close ballparks. Those were the most since Sept. 12, 2008, when there also were six — Hurricane Ike battering the Gulf Coast contributed to those postponements.

Heavy rain in the East Coast and out in Ohio and Illinois dampened this weekend’s schedule.

The rainouts: Kansas City at Baltimore, Texas at the New York Yankees, Toronto at Cleveland, Los Angeles Dodgers at Chicago Cubs, New York Mets at Philadelphia and Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.

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