By Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — The Red Sox placed Matt Barnes on the COVID-related IL, as the closer has been feeling a little under the weather lately. But his time away from the team will likely be short as Barnes tested negative for the virus.

Barnes is vaccinated and had not tested positive for COVID-19, but showed symptoms of the virus. So as the rest of the team made its way to Comerica Park in Detroit on Tuesday, Barnes remained at the team’s hotel.

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The rest of the team was tested and received negative results, Boston manager Alex Cora told reporters Tuesday afternoon ahead of the Red Sox starting a three-game set with the Tigers.

After the Red Sox lost to Detroit, Cora said Barnes tested negative and would likely return to action on Wednesday.

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Barnes made his first All-Star squad this season, and has 23 saves in 27 opportunities for Boston.

Earlier this season, the Red Sox placed DH J.D. Martinez on the COVID-related IL when he came down with “cold-like symptoms.” Martinez was activated from the list less than 24 hours later.

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