The Cincinnati Reds, as you probably know by now, have had a rough season.
They have been playing a bit better as of late, but they still have the worst record in baseball at 11-26.
They will now visit Toronto for a weekend series against one of the toughest teams in MLB, and will do so with a few absences.
These absences have to do with the players’ COVID-19 vaccination status heading to Toronto.
“Reds place four players on the restricted list for their series in Toronto: RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Joel Kuhnel, IF Brandon Drury and OF Albert Almora. Players must be vaccinated to enter Canada. They’re not paid for games missed on the restricted list if they’re unvaccinated,” Enquirer writer Bobby Nightengale tweeted.
Reds place four players on the restricted list for their series in Toronto: RHP Tyler Mahle, RHP Joel Kuhnel, IF Brandon Drury and OF Albert Almora.
Players must be vaccinated to enter Canada. They’re not paid for games missed on the restricted list if they’re unvaccinated.
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) May 20, 2022
Canada still has a mandatory quarantine period for unvaccinated travelers entering the country, and baseball players are no exception.
Unvaccinated players on visiting teams are, therefore, not eligible to play and travel.
The Reds Are Determined To Break All Records
These players are put on a restricted list.
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, “this is the most (players on the restricted list because of their vaccination status) by a visiting team entering Canada this season.”
This is the most by a visiting team entering Canada this season. https://t.co/Rhi3KxI3Ng
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 20, 2022
It was believed that some AL East teams, most notably the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, would be most affected ones because of Canada’s regulations and their players’ vaccination choice.
However, every Yankees player traveled to Toronto, and only a couple of Red Sox missed the trip.
It appears that the 2022 Reds are determined to break all records, baseball-related or not.
The foursome will be eligible to play again once the Reds return to the United States.