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All Orioles 40-man roster now vaccinated for COVID-19 – The Denver Post

When the Orioles last made the trip to face their American League East rival, the Toronto Blue Jays, two key team members were unavailable to join. Outfielder Anthony Santander and left-handed reliever Keegan Akin were added to the shortlist, missing the trip to Canada.

Now, however, as Baltimore finds itself in a wild card race with a record .500 so late in the season for the first time since 2017, the club has announced that all players on its 40-man roster are vaccinated against COVID-19, ensuring no team members will be left behind for the Orioles’ next trip to Toronto in mid-August.

The moment of the announcement comes as two St. Louis Cardinals stars are set to miss their team’s trip to Toronto. All-Star infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, as well as wide receiver Austin Romine, were excluded from the trip on Sunday due to their vaccination status. They have been added to the shortlist, which means they will not get paid or earn major league service time for the games they miss.

To enter Canada, travelers must have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or a second dose of another COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entry. Otherwise, they must go through a 14-day quarantine process — an option that isn’t possible given the in-and-out nature of a baseball series.

Other teams have felt the loss of players who were unable to enter Canada for a series due to their vaccine status, such as the Kansas City Royals, which had 10 missing players. This included All-Star outfielder Andrew Benintendi, first baseman Hunter Dozier, second baseman Whit Merrifield, outfielder Michael A. Taylor and outfielder Kyle Isbel.

The Philadelphia Phillies placed JT Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson on their trip shortlist, and Realmuto told reporters “it’s just not worth it” because he wasn’t going to not “let Canada tell me what I do and what I don’t do”. I don’t put my body down for a little money.

Without Santander in Toronto for Baltimore’s trip north in June, outfielder Kyle Stowers made his major league debut. As a switch hitter, Santander is a key player at the heart of the Orioles’ roster, hitting .241 with 16 homers. Akin has carved out a big role for himself in the bullpen, pitching more than one inning in 22 of his 24 appearances while holding a 2.36 ERA.

As the hunt for a wildcard spot materializes — entering Sunday, the team was 3.5 games out of third place — the Orioles won’t be without these two contributors for games against the Blue Jays Aug. 15-17. or in September. 16 to 18. The ability to play in Toronto also potentially increases Santander’s commercial value.

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