Red Sox About To Get Two Regulars Back After Delay To Spring Training

Sawamura is expected to work out with the team Tuesday

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March 2, 2021

The Boston Red Sox are running a little shorthanded right now, but they’re about to get two guys pegged to be roster mainstays back soon.

With Grapefruit League games now underway, we’ve yet to see relief pitcher Hirokazu Sawamura and outfielder Franchy Cordero just yet.

Sawamura’s delay has been the result of visa logistics delaying his arrival in the United States from Japan, while Cordero was on the COVID-19 list.

On Tuesday, Alex Cora indicated Sawamura was in line to work out with the team after going through the necessary quarantine protocols. Cordero soon will be in a similar position, as he was said to be en route to report Tuesday. Like everyone else though, Cordero will have to quarantine and clear the league’s COVID-19 protocols before he can start working out.

Signed last month, Sawamura figures to bolster the Red Sox bullpen, potentially as a late-inning, high-leverage arm.

Cordero, who was acquired in the trade that sent Andrew Benintendi to the Kansas City Royals, is competing to become an everyday left fielder for the Sox. A free swinger with head-turning pop, Cordero is someone J.D. Martinez is ready to mentor.

The Red Sox will face the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at JetBlue Park.

Thumbnail photo via Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports Images
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