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Merrifield says he’s vaccinated, ready to play

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

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

“I’ll be in Toronto when the team gets to Toronto,” Merrifield stated, avoiding saying when he acquired the vaccine.

Merrifield was amongst 10 gamers on the Royals who have been unvaccinated final month, stopping them from making their journey to Toronto. When requested about his determination, Merrifield drew the ire of Kansas City followers by saying: “Something happens and I happen to get on a team that has a chance to go play in Canada in the postseason, maybe that changes.”

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“It was something that I probably could have handled a little better,” Merrifield stated Thursday of his feedback in July. “But what’s happened, happened. I’m excited to be a Blue Jay. Excited to get to Toronto and play in the Rogers Centre as my home.”

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

Toronto supervisor John Schneider stated Merrifield will play nearly day-after-day in quite a lot of positions, most definitely second base and middle.

“It’s a luxury to have, to have that kind of guy where you can literally put anywhere and feel comfortable about it,” Schneider stated. “The days that he’s not starting, he’s probably going to play. I think with having a bench like this now, it allows us to be a little bit more aggressive in some certain spots that we haven’t been earlier in the year. An asset to have, for sure.”

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