Red Sox place newly-acquired Franchy Cordero on COVID-19 Related Injured List

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Franchy Cordero has had a rough start to his Red Sox career.

The 26-year-old outfielder acquired in the Sox' trade of Andrew Benintendi has been placed on the COVID-19 Injured List. The move allowed the team to pick up pitcher Joel Payamps off waivers from Toronto, putting him on the 40-man roster.

Cordero becomes the second Red Sox player put on the list, joining catcher Kevin Plawecki. A player does not have to test positive in order to be tagged with such a designation. According to Major League Baseball ...

"A player may be placed on the COVID-19 Related IL based on a positive test for COVID-19, for intake procedures described in Section 6.1.3 above, after electing not to participate in the 2021 season after being designated 'High-Risk' pursuant to Section 2.4 above, because of confirmed exposure to COVID-19, if a player exhibits symptoms requiring self-isolation for further assessment (as described in Section 2 above), or if unavailable in connection with vaccination for COVID-19.”

This the second trip to the Red Sox' 40-man roster for Payamps, who was originally claimed by the Sox off waivers from Arizona earlier in the offseason. After being taken off the roster by Boston, he was claimed by Toronto Feb. 10.