Reds Place 4 Players On Restricted List For Series In Toronto

The Cincinnati Reds are coming into Toronto on their best run of the season, winning 8 of their last 12 games. But they'll have to face the Blue Jays without four players, all placed on the restricted list, presumably because they're not vaccinated.

Players crossing the Canada-US border must be fully vaccinated or be forced into a 14-day quarantine upon entering the country.

Tyler Mahle started on Thursday, so he wouldn't be scheduled to pitch in the 3-game series at Rogers Centre (likely a scenario scheduled in advance, like the Seattle Mariners did right before them, to ensure unvaccinated Robbie Ray wouldn't be slated to pitch in Toronto.)

Drury has been a solid contributor for the Reds this season, with 7 home runs and 22 RBIs, but he'll miss the Toronto series, as well as his paycheck for those 3 days on the restricted list. He's also a former Blue Jay, having played there in 2019 and 2020. 

The others missing are little-used OF Albert Almora, as well as even less-used reliever Joel Kuhnel.

Their playing status, and their paychecks, will be active once again when the Reds play at home Monday. 

The good news is that Toronto-born Joey Votto will make his return to the Reds lineup at Rogers Centre. 

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