Boston places right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes on COVID-19 related injured list
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Red Sox today returned infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Worcester and reinstated him from the 10-day injured list. The Red Sox also placed right-handed pitcher Matt Barnes on the COVID-19 Related Injured List.
Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom made the announcement.
Gonzalez, 32, was placed on the injured list on July 16 (retroactive to July 13) with a right hamstring strain. He made one start at first base and one at second base for Worcester, going 2-for-6 with one home run and one walk. Gonzalez has played in 70 games with the Red Sox this season, making 26 starts at second base, 11 at first base, nine at shortstop, seven in left field, six at third base, and two in right field. The switch-hitter has batted .205 (45-for-219) with two home runs and a .582 OPS.
Barnes, 31, has appeared in 43 games with the Red Sox this season, going 5-2 with 23 saves, a 2.30 ERA (11 ER/43.0 IP), a 0.81 WHIP, a .164 opponent batting average, 66 strikeouts, and 11 walks. On July 11, Barnes agreed to a two-year contract extension that spans the 2022-23 seasons, with a club option for 2024. Named an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2021, the right-hander ranks seventh on the Red Sox’ all-time list of games pitched (368).