White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti sidelined by positive COVID test

Benetti will miss the team’s upcoming broadcasts after a breakthrough positive test for the coronavirus, the team announced Monday.

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MINNEAPOLIS — White Sox TV play-by-play voice Jason Benetti will miss the team’s upcoming broadcasts after a breakthrough positive test for the coronavirus, the team announced Monday.

Benetti just called the Olympic baseball semifinals and finals for NBC and is recovering at home in Chicago.

Benetti said on his Twitter account that he is mildly symptomatic and plans to return soon. In the meantime, Mike Monaco will take his place alongside analyst Steve Stone. Monaco is a play-by-play announcer for ESPN and its ACC Network and fills in on Red Sox games for NESN.

The Sox open a three-game series against the Twins on Monday night at Target Field.

This is Benetti’s sixth season on the Sox’ broadcast team and third as the full-time play-by-play TV voice. While the Sox’ radio broadcast team of Len Kasper and Darrin Jackson are calling games from visiting ballparks, as well as Guaranteed Rate Field, Benetti and Stone have not traveled with the team on the road this season.

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