Red Sox flu bug strikes play-by-play man Dave O'Brien, who leaves mid-game


The flu bug sweeping through the Red Sox has reached the broadcast booth.

NESN play-by-play man Dave O'Brien took sick in the sixth inning of the game in Detroit Saturday afternoon. After color analyst Jerry Remy filled in momentarily, studio host Tom Caron took over calling the game by watching on a monitor from the NESN studio.

The flu has struck pitchers Robbie Ross Jr. (placed on the 10-day disabled list from it) and Joe Kelly, along with right fielder Mookie Betts and DH Hanley Ramirez, who have missed games.  

It's gotten so bad that Red Sox trainers were wearing surgical masks in the clubhouse.

Betts rejoined the team Saturday but didn't start. Manager John Farrell said he could be available to pinch hit. 

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