Robbie Ray doesn’t travel with Mariners to Toronto series

TORONTO (AP) — Mariners remaining-hander Robbie Ray isn’t signing up for Seattle for a series in Toronto this 7 days, lacking a prospect to rejoice the Cy Young Award he gained with the Blue Jays last period amid border limitations similar to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ray pitched from the Mets in New York on Sunday, then remained in the U.S. although teammates traveled to Canada for Monday’s collection opener.

There was no locker for Ray in the Mariners’ clubhouse in Toronto. Supervisor Scott Servais claimed Ray will rejoin the team in Boston on Thursday for a 4-sport series against the Crimson Sox. He did not elaborate on the remaining-hander’s absence.

To enter the country, the Canadian government involves a particular person to have been given a next COVID-19 vaccine dose — or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson — at minimum 14 times prior to entry.

Players who go on the limited record mainly because they are not vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 are not paid and do not accrue big league provider time, according to a March agreement amongst Key League Baseball and the players’ association.

The settlement also stipulates that a pitcher who has pitched at minimum four consecutive innings in a sport can’t be replaced on the lively roster unless of course three days have elapsed.

The Mariners took edge of a May possibly 12 working day off to change their rotation so that Ray started out Sunday in New York, where by he allowed 5 runs in six innings, bettering to 4-3.

Ray went 13-7 with a 2.84 Era and a profession-high 248 strikeouts in 32 starts off for Toronto final year, when expert athletes were being exempt from COVID-19 border polices.

Ray then signed a $115 million deal, 5-yr contract with Seattle in November. He would have shed $346,154 had he been placed on the limited listing for being ineligible to accompany the crew to Canada. Border exemptions for athletes ended in January.

The Mariners did place Drew Steckenrider on the restricted list Monday, a move that could charge the proper-hander $51,099 of his $3.1 million income. Steckenrider is -1 with two will save and a 4.85 Period in 14 aid appearances. The series is Seattle’s only common-time pay a visit to to Toronto.

Seattle chosen the contract of still left-hander Roenis Elías from Triple-A Tacoma. He had joined the Mariners at Citi Subject on Sunday in anticipation of getting extra to the lively major league roster.

Elías signed a small league agreement with the Mariners on April 1. He earlier pitched for Seattle in 2014 and ’15, and once again in 2018 and ’19. He also has pitched for Boston and Washington.

Elías, 33, past pitched in the majors with the Nationals in 2019. He had a 4.30 Period in a person commence and 10 relief appearances at Triple-A Tacoma, hanging out 11 and going for walks 4 in 14 2/3 innings.

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