Royals without 10 unvaccinated players at Toronto

by Daryn Albert - Ten Royals players will not travel to Toronto for this week's series because they have not received the COVID-19 vaccination, including four of their top hitters and their best two starting pitchers this season.

Andrew Benintendi, Whit Merrifield among 10 unvaccinated Kansas City Royals players out for Toronto Blue Jays series 5:16 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insider Author of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports" Ten Kansas City Royals players will not travel to the team's series in Toronto this week because they have not received the COVID-19 vaccination, including four of their top hitters and their best two starting pitchers this season. The vaccine requirement for border-crossing travel into Canada will affect outfielder Andrew Benintendi , super utilityman Whit Merrifield , catcher MJ Melendez , first baseman/outfielder Hunter Dozier , right-hander Brad Keller , right-hander Brady Singer , centerfielder Michael A. Taylor, outfielder Kyle Isbel , reliever Dylan Coleman and catcher Cam Gallagher . Editor's Picks Players who are unvaccinated and don't make the trip to Toronto are placed on the restricted list and forfeit service time and salary for the four games missed. Prior to Kansas City, the most players a team had missed in Toronto was four, and 25 total players had hit the restricted list due to being unvaccinated. Benintendi is the only 2022 All-Star in the group. The Royals, with a 35-53 record after beating Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, have explored trading the 28-year-old, who is batting .317 and due to hit free agency this winter. Melendez, a rookie, batted leadoff the last two days as Merrifield, whose 553-game iron man streak came to an end because of a toe injury, sat out. Dozier has regularly served as the Royals' cleanup hitter. The only vaccinated outfielder on the Royals' active roster is Edward Olivares . Kansas City will summon reinforcements from their AAA and AA rosters to fill out its roster. The series begins Thursday.