Cutter Crawford, Tanner Houck placed on COVID-restricted list ahead of Red Sox’s series in Toronto

The Red Sox announced Monday that right-handers Kutter Crawford and Tanner Houck were placed on the restricted COVID-19 list ahead of the start of a four-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Under Canadian law, players who did not receive either a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or another shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least two weeks ago may not cross the line for this series. Houck and Crawford will lose pay and service time for the four days.

Crawford, 26, is 1-1 with eight runs (seven earned) allowed in seven innings this year. He hit 11 and went six while working in a multi-innings role out of the bullpen. Most recently, he allowed a stroke and struck out five in three pointless innings against Rays Saturday – a 41-pitch performance that would probably have made him unavailable for most of the series in Toronto.

When Crawford was unavailable, right-hander Tyler Danish – who has hit five in three pointless innings for the Sox this year – was added to the list along with right-hander John Schreiber, the Red Sox said.

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