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Boston Red Sox add scheduled starter Nick Pivetta to COVID list

Aug 25, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA;  Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nick Pivetta (37) pitches during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox added right-hander Nick Pivetta, Sunday’s scheduled starter, to the COVID-19 injured list just hours before the game.

Right-hander Kutter Crawford was summoned from Triple-A Worcester to make his MLB debut and start the series finale against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox have placed 10 players on the COVID IL in the last week: Pivetta and fellow pitchers Martin Perez, Matt Barnes, Josh Taylor and Hirokazu Sawamura, infielders Xander Bogaerts, Kike Hernandez, Christian Arroyo and Yairo Munoz; and outfielder Jarren Duran.

Three coaches have also been on the COVID list at various points in the past month.

Entering this weekend, Boston was one of seven MLB teams that had not reached the 85 percent vaccination threshold required for relaxed protocols.

Pivetta, 28, is 9-7 with a 4.67 ERA in 26 starts this season. He ranks third on the team in wins and strikeouts (151).

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Crawford, 25, is 5-5 with a 4.16 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) this season with Worcester and Double-A Portland.

–Field Level Media