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Sox newcomer Franchy Cordero placed on COVID-19 injured list

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Boston Red Sox newcomer Franchy Cordero will have to wait a while to join his teammates for spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

The 26-year-old outfielder, who was acquired in the three-team deal that sent Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals, was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday. It's currently unclear whether Cordero tested positive for COVID-19 or was a close contact with someone who had the virus.

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The Red Sox also announced they've claimed right-hander Joel Payamps off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays, making his second stint with the team.

Cordero can be activated from the COVID-19 related IL as soon as he clears MLB's protocols.

Through 95 games with the Royals and San Diego Padres, Cordero has hit .236 with 12 home runs, 36 RBIs and a .737 OPS. The Dominican Republic native has high upside with impressive power and speed, but injuries have plagued his career to this point.