BOSTON – Manager Alex Cora says he expects the Boston Red Sox to be without a few non-vaccinated players for the upcoming tournament against the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada.
Opening batsman Tanner Hook told the Boston Globe on Sunday that he had not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and would not play in the four-match series starting on Monday, April 25. He will be in line to start the second race.
To enter Canada, a person must have received a second dose of COVID-19 – or one dose of Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days before entering the Canadian government.
Haque (1-0), who played sharply in two starts this season, including a win over the Minnesota Twins at Fenway Park on Saturday, said: “I’m sorry I didn’t get that start.
After an 8-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday, Cora was asked if he expected to miss the other players.
“Yes,” Cora said. He did not ask a follow-up question and then closed the press conference.
When asked about Houck earlier, Cora said: “We knew it beforehand, so we plan accordingly.”
Players who are sidelined due to COVID-19 injection problems are not paid and do not receive major league service time while on the restricted list.
Auckland Athletics have added catch-ups Austin Allen and left-arm batsmen AJ Puck and Kirby Snead to their limited-overs list for their tournament in Toronto this weekend.
“I think it’s everyone’s personal choice, whether they get it or not,” Houck told The Globe.
Major League Baseball is not the only one in this issue when it comes to traveling to Canada. The NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers will be without defender Matisse Thybulle as they head north for Toronto Raptors games 3 and 4 against their Eastern conference tournament.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.