The Red Sox announced Monday that right-wingers Cotter Crawford and Tanner Hook have been placed on their COVID-19 ban list ahead of the start of their four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Under Canadian law, players who have not received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine before at least two weeks are not allowed to cross the border for this series. Hawke and Crawford will lose salary and four days of service time.
Crawford, 26, is 1-1 with eight runs (seven earned) allowed into seven runs this year. He hit 11 and walked six while working in a multiplayer role outside the game. Most recently, he allowed a one-stroke and hit five out of three goalless rounds against Reese Saturday – a performance from 41 stadiums that would have likely made him unavailable for most series in Toronto.
With Crawford unavailable, the Red Sox said, right-wing Tyler Dench — who has scored five out of three point-free runs in this year’s Sox game — has been added to the roster along with right-handed Jon Schreiber.
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