Royals place 10 unvaccinated players on shortlist for trip to Toronto – NBC Chicago

Royals place 10 unvaccinated players on shortlist against Blue Jays originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

The Kansas City Royals will be extremely shorthanded in their next series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ten players, including the only one on the team All Star outfielder André Benintendi, will not make the trip since they have not received a vaccine against COVID-19. Canada has implemented a vaccination mandate for people entering the country.

Benintendi is joined by infielder Whit Merrifield, receiver MJ Melendez, first baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier, starting pitcher Brad Keller, starting pitcher Brady Singer, outfielder Michael A. Taylor, outfielder Kyle Isbel , reliever Dylan Coleman and receiver Cam Gallagher. All 10 players landed on the shortlist, forcing players to forfeit service time and salary for the four-game series.

With Benintendi, Dozier, Taylor and Isbel on the shortlist, Edward Olivares is the only vaccinated outfielder on Kansas City’s big league roster. The team will look to Triple-A Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas for reinforcements in the outfield and throughout the roster.

Other players have remained in the United States while their teammates head to the Rogers Center. JT Realmuto is one of four notable unvaccinated players on the Philadelphia Phillies, who wrap up a two-game set with the Blue Jays on Wednesday. The Phillies receiver was particularly outspoken about Canada’s vaccination mandate and didn’t make the trip.

While baseball teams haven’t had a handful of players against the Blue Jays, the Royals have by far the most absences. A total of 25 players had been shortlisted due to their unvaccinated status prior to the Royals’ visit to Canada and no team missed more than four in Toronto.

The Royals’ series against the Blue Jays brings them into the All-Star break. The next time their unvaccinated players can return to the field is Friday, July 22 against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Blue Jays will also have a different look for their series against the Royals. The team fired the manager Charlie Montoya Wednesday and named bench coach John Schneider as interim coach.

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