Christian Arroyo just can’t take a break.
The Boston Red Sox second baseman, who recently returned to the lineup on Aug. 23, tested positive for COVID-19, according to MLB.com’s Ian Browne.
Red Sox strength coach Kiyoshi Momose also tested positive for the virus, according to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic. Boston is conducting contact tracing to identify if anyone else in the organization was a close contact for Arroyo or Momose.
The news comes just two days after Arroyo was placed on the COVID-related injury list as a close contact with coach Enrique Hernández, who also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Arroyo missed nearly a month with a hamstring strain, having been out of the program from July 19 to August 22 before returning on August 23. You will now be lost at least 10 days after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 26-year-old also missed about two weeks in late June and early July with a knee injury after colliding with Hernandez while trying to field a ball in the outfield. He also landed on the disabled list in May with a hand concussion.
Arroyo has been solid for the Red Sox when he was in the lineup. The Florida native is hitting .264 / .324 / .453 with six home runs and 25 RBIs in 53 games.
With Arroyo now out for an extended period, Jonathan Arauz will likely see more playing time at second base, as will Yairo Muñoz.
The Red Sox enter Sunday’s game against Cleveland with a 75-56 record, third in the AL East and seven games behind the division-leading Tampa Bay Rays.