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.
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.