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Merrifield says he’s vaccinated, ready to play

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Whit Merrifield mentioned Thursday he’s vaccinated for COVID-19 and shall be cleared to play for Toronto when the Blue Jays return to Canada.

Merrifield was acquired in a commerce with Kansas Metropolis on Tuesday for 2 minor leaguers. The 2-time All-Star was within the beginning lineup in middle discipline for his first recreation along with his new workforce Thursday evening at Minnesota.

“I’ll be in Toronto when the workforce will get to Toronto,” Merrifield mentioned, avoiding saying when he acquired the vaccine.

Merrifield was amongst 10 gamers on the Royals who had been unvaccinated final month, stopping them from making their journey to Toronto. When requested about his resolution, Merrifield drew the ire of Kansas Metropolis followers by saying: “One thing occurs and I occur to get on a workforce that has an opportunity to go play in Canada within the postseason, possibly that modifications.”

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“It was one thing that I in all probability may have dealt with just a little higher,” Merrifield mentioned Thursday of his feedback in July. “However what’s occurred, occurred. I’m excited to be a Blue Jay. Excited to get to Toronto and play within the Rogers Centre as my residence.”

Toronto leads the AL wild-card standings because it tries to make the postseason for the second time in three years. The following residence recreation for the Blue Jays is Aug. 12 in opposition to Cleveland.

Toronto supervisor John Schneider mentioned Merrifield will play virtually on daily basis in quite a lot of positions, almost definitely second base and middle.

“It’s a luxurious to have, to have that form of man the place you possibly can actually put wherever and really feel comfy about it,” Schneider mentioned. “The times that he’s not beginning, he’s in all probability going to play. I believe with having a bench like this now, it permits us to be just a little bit extra aggressive in some sure spots that we haven’t been earlier within the 12 months. An asset to have, for certain.”

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