Ten Kansas City Royals players, including four of the season’s top hitters and two top bowlers, will not travel to Toronto this week for the four-game series with the Blue Jays because they have not received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccine demand to cross the border into Canada will affect the footballer Andrew Benintendesuper utilities Wait Merryfieldcatcher MG Melendezfirst baseman/defense player Hunter Dozerright hand Brad Keelerright hand Brady Singercenter fielder Michael A. Taylordefensive player Kyle Isblefaithful Dylan Coleman and holder Cam Gallagher.
Players who are not vaccinated and do not travel to Toronto are placed on the restricted list and forfeit service time and salary for the four missed games. Before Kansas City, the most players missed by the team in Toronto was four, and a total of 25 players made it to the banned list due to not being vaccinated.
Benintende is the only star of 2022 in the group. The Royals, with a 35-53 record after beating Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, explored the 28-year-old’s trading, who hits 0.317 and is set to hit free agency this winter.
Rookie Merendez has climbed the past two days as Merryfield, whose 553-game railroad streak ended with a toe injury. Dozier regularly worked as a cleaning officer in the royal family. The only player vaccinated in the list of active royals is Edward Olivares.
Kansas City will call in reinforcements from its AAA and AA affiliates to fill the league’s big roster. The Royals’ series begins in Toronto on Thursday.
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