Saturday, July 2, 2022

Twins will be teammates without vaccination in Toronto

If it had been the postseason, it probably would have been different, Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said on Sunday, but for this week’s three-match series in Toronto, the team will be without a handful of players because they haven’t been vaccinated against it. has been applied. coronavirus.

Neither Falvey nor manager Rocco Baldelli will identify players who will not be able to travel to Ontario for the three-match series starting Friday at the Rogers Center. It will become clear when the team officially puts him on the banned list on Thursday in accordance with Major League Baseball rules.

“We’ve had discussions with everyone who won’t be joining us, but I’d always like to have my whole group,” Baldelli said. “We’re going to win more games with the whole group, and I think that’s a clear statement. But we’ll adjust the way people do when they get injured.”

The Twins began Sunday’s series finale against the Kansas City Royals over the American League Central, five games ahead of second-place Chicago. The Blue Jays were formerly in third place, 6½ games behind first-place New York.

Falvey also said he was disappointed the Twins would be without some of their regular players, but added, “I don’t judge on all other decisions.” Still, he said, it could be different if the Twins and the Blue Jays meet in the playoffs.

“I think it’s fair to say that we’ve had this conversation internally,” he said. “People are generally aware of it. I’ll just say this: I think there are some people who have said that if that were the case, they could have changed their view of it. But I can’t say that for sure. Maybe, between now and late fall.

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“We’ll certainly have another conversation ahead of time, let’s put it this way, if it was tracking well in that direction before early September, I’d just keep it at that.”

Under current Canadian policy, people without a full set of vaccinations – two Pfizer or Modern shots or one Johnson & Johnson shot – cannot travel to Canada without special exemptions, something teams and players have known for months. Booster is not required. Players on the restricted list under MLB rules will not count on the 40-man roster nor will they be paid or earned service time during their absence.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 million Americans have died from complications caused by COVID-19 since February 2020, and 82.7 percent of US citizens have had at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Falve said on Sunday that it is too late for a player to change his position ahead of next weekend’s series. Replacement players will be called from St. Paul and will meet with the team in Detroit before the team’s flight to Toronto. Who will be the players that will remain up in the air, although apparently the team will not recall a non-vaccinated player.

“We know everyone’s position in the major leagues,” Falvey said. “So, until we get to the moment where we have to go through that moment, with respect to (the players), we’re probably not going to announce anything until Thursday because there’s something between now and then.” Might as well be.”

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The Twins roster has been in an almost constant state of flux this season. On Sunday, the team recalled Royce Lewis, the No. 1 overall choice in the 2017 amateur draft, and infielder Jose Miranda at St. Paul. The Twins were also waiting to see if right fielder Max Kepler (right quad/hip flexor) needed to be added to the injured list.

In this case, players filling in for others on the banned list would have to be placed on a 40-man roster. However, minors will not have to undergo a waiver before they are sent back. They will earn service time.

Players sent on the banned list for the series will return to Minnesota and work out at target field.

Baldelli said he invited some veteran leaders to his office to discuss the vaccination/Toronto issue so he could go back to the clubhouse and talk to the players and answer any questions.

“We’re not having a team meeting about it, addressing it directly in that sense, but our people are aware of what’s happening and some of the nuances of what’s happening,” Baldelli said. Told. “That’s how we handle it and I think it can be helpful. … Really, letting our players know what’s going on is the end of it.”

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