Outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who is an All-Star and a possible trade target for multiple teams before the deadline next month, is one of ten Kansas City Royals players who are unvaccinated against Covid-19 and will be placed on the restricted list before their team’s four-game series in Toronto, which begins on Thursday. The series begins on Thursday because the Kansas City Royals will be travelling to Toronto for the series.
After his team’s victory against the Detroit Tigers by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday, Matheny said to the press that “It’s an individual decision.” “The group has done a very fantastic job of bringing in specialists and experts to guide men through difficult talks, and then it has placed it in their hands to make the choices that they feel is best for them and their families,” said the person. ”
Before the Royals’ upcoming series in Toronto, just 25 players throughout the league were put on the restricted list because of Canada’s immunisation restrictions. The Royals are one of those players. The Philadelphia Phillies, who were on the road and visiting Philadelphia, had to leave four players behind lately. In light of the fact that approximately 40 percent of the Royals’ 26-man roster has been deemed ineligible, the team will significantly increase that list. The remaining spots on the team’s roster will be filled by players recruited from lower levels.
Players who are placed on the restricted list do not get payment for the games they are unable to participate in, nor do they accumulate service time, which is a requirement for both salary arbitration and free agency eligibility.
Some of the athletes who were impacted said that their teammates have shown them support despite the fact that their vaccination status would prevent them from spending time with the squad.
Dozier was quoted as saying to the reporters, “We’ve spoken to these people, and they’re not judging us at all.” They have our backs in every way. I don’t believe that we have ever been faced with a situation quite like this one, in which we are required to be vaccinated in order to go to Toronto for a sporting event. It’s simply a really strange circumstance. It’s really too bad.”
Merrifield, a two-time All-Star who has struggled mightily this season and is now dealing with an ailment to his toe, added: “It was a decision I made after consulting with my family and talking with my wife.” To tell you the truth, I didn’t believe the potential reward was worth the danger.
Even if Singer had received the necessary vaccinations, the right-handed Singer would not have been slated to pitch in Toronto since he only allowed one run over the course of six innings on Wednesday. Benintendi, who increased his batting average to.317 by going 2 for 4 on Wednesday, will be one of the guys the Royals will miss the most. The Royals will miss some of the other players more than others.
Even while losing Benintendi for four games is a problem, the more immediate issue for Kansas City, which is now 18 games under.500 for the season and in last place in the American League Central, might be how this news impacts Benintendi’s value on the trade market. Benintendi’s ineligibility to participate non games held in Toronto might make any prospective trade more difficult. Benintendi is seen as a target for clubs trying to acquire a batter who puts the ball in play.
After the conclusion of this season, Benintendi, who is now 28 years old, will be a free agent. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Arkansas. So far this season, he has set career highs in both his batting average and his on-base percentage, and he is now hitting.414 (24 for 58) over his past 16 games. However, his usefulness is slightly limited due to the fact that he does not contribute much in terms of power, baserunning, or defence.
In the meanwhile, the Blue Jays are dealing with their own drama as they prepare for the series. On Wednesday, the club revealed that manager Charlie Montoyo will no longer be with the organisation moving forward. The players, the media, and the fans all liked Montoyo, but Toronto entered the season with World Series ambitions but has underperformed thus far with a record of 46-42, which put them 15.5 games behind the Yankees in the American League East heading into Wednesday. After being recruited before the 2019 season, Montoyo finished with a record of 236-236.
After winning the first game of a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners were in a virtual tie with the Toronto Blue Jays for the third and final wild-card place in the American League. After then, Seattle won the nightcap by a score of 2-1, which broke the tie and extended the Seahawks’ winning run to eleven games. Through an 8-2 victory over Philadelphia, Toronto tied the Mariners with a record of 47-42.