Red Sox

McAdam: As COVID-19 positive tests increase, Red Sox pitching staff already being impacted

Less than a week after the start of their Summer Camp, the Red Sox have at least four positive tests for COVID-19 among their 49-person player pool.

Starter Eduardo Rodriguez and infield prospect Bobby Dalbec have tested positive, the team revealed Tuesday, joining relievers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez.

Rodriguez was exposed to someone who had tested positive in south Florida and remains there as he recovers. Dalbec, who had been in Arizona, a current hotspot for the coronavirus, reported to camp late last week having already tested positive for the virus. He remains quarantined in an area hotel.

Rodriguez had been scheduled to be the team's Opening Day starter, manager Ron Roenicke confirmed, but that assignment may now be in jeopardy. Taylor and Hernandez, meanwhile, were projected to be important parts of the Boston bullpen.

That the Sox are, for now, without three pitchers expected to be part of their 30-man roster to start the season in 2 1/2 weeks, is highly problematic.