Matt Barnes’ tough August just got a little tougher.
The Red Sox reliever was placed on the COVID-19 related injury list Monday prior to Boston’s series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the team announced about 10 minutes prior to first pitch.
Raynel Espinal and Phillips Valdez were recalled from Triple-A Worcester. The Red Sox did have a taxi squad with them in Florida.
The closer has struggled of late after dominating the first half of the season, but now will need to wait to try and get back on track.