Sailors miss ‘pairs players’ in Toronto over vaccine



Home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, center, speaks with Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais, left, and Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Rodney Linares, right, before a baseball game, Thursday, May 5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)


Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais said that “a few players” will not be traveling for the three-game series that begins Monday in Toronto because of the Canadian government’s vaccination mandate.

Ahead of Sunday’s series finale at the New York Mets, Servais didn’t say which players will be unavailable.

Canada requires everyone entering the country to have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, the second at least 14 days before entry.

Left-hander Roenis Elías was at the Citi Field clubhouse on Sunday and Servais said the 33-year-old is likely to join the active squad by Monday. Elias has a 4.30 ERA in one start and 10 relief appearances at Tacoma in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, knocking out 11 and walking four in 14 2/3 innings.

Elias last appeared in the major leagues with Washington in 2019.


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This story was originally published May 15, 2022 1:22 p.m.


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