Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale tests positive for COVID-19

BOSTON — Chris Sale has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his next start.

A Red Sox spokesman confirmed the result.

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Sale had been scheduled to face the White Sox in Chicago on Sunday.

The result is yet another setback for the 32-year-old left-hander, who missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

It’s also a setback for the Red Sox, who hold a one-game lead over the New York Yankees in the race for the AL’s top wild-card berth. Toronto is another half-game back as it tries to swipe the second wild-card spot from its AL East rivals.

This adds to the list of players who have recently tested positive.

The Boston Red Sox scratched Nick Pivetta on Sunday and placed the right-hander on the COVID-19 injured list.

The Red Sox also added infielder/outfielder Danny Santana to the list about 30 minutes before the first pitch against Cleveland. Santana is the 11th Boston player — six position players and five pitchers — to go on the COVID-19-related injury list in the past 10 days.