This time around, though, Sale is not experiencing symptoms.
“He feels good, he actually feels great,” Cora said prior to Boston’s series opener against the White Sox. “Hopefully he can come back right away, after his X amount of days are done.”
Cora noted he learned of the positive test Thursday night, so Sale did not travel with the team when they boarded the buses at Fenway Park around 4 p.m. ET. That likely helped the Red Sox in terms of deeming people close contacts considering they knew of the test the day before the game.
As for replacing Sale in the rotation, Cora is hopeful Nick Pivetta will be able to come off the COVID-19 related injury list and pitch Sunday. It’s unclear who will pitch Saturday.
The Red Sox — who were off Thursday — also have a day off next Thursday, and Cora believes the quieter schedule will benefit the team in regards to Sale’s return.