The St. Louis Cardinals will be without All-Star infielders Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt for their two-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto this week because of Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination rules, baseball operations president John said Mozeliak, told reporters on Sunday.
Catcher Austin Romine will also miss the series as he is not vaccinated against COVID-19.
To enter the country, the Canadian government requires a person to have received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine — or a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine — at least 14 days prior to entry.
All three players will be placed on the restricted list and will not be paid or used for the two major league games, per a March agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Mozeliak said the three players in the series, which will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, will be replaced by catcher Ivan Herrera, outfielder Conner Capel and infielder/outfielder Cory Spangenberg.
On Sunday, Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in batting average (.333), home runs (22), RBIs (74), on-base percentage (.416), and slugging percentage (.603). Arenado is second on team average (.299), home runs (18), RBIs (59), and slugging percent (.534), and third in on-base percentage (.363).
The Cardinals (51-45) finished second in the National League Central on Sunday, 1½ games behind first-placed Milwaukee Brewers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34289488/st-louis-cardinals-all-stars-nolan-arenado-paul-goldschmidt-play-toronto-series-due-covid-19-vaccination-status St. Louis Cardinals All-Stars Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt can’t play in Toronto series due to COVID-19 vaccination status