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St. Louis Cardinals Players Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Austin Romain will miss the team’s upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays due to their coronavirus vaccination status.
All three have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 And because of the rules Canada has to enter the country, they will all miss the series. St. Louis will put him on the banned list before the series.
Goldsmith opened up about the decision in an interview with The Athletic on Sunday.
“As many doctors and medical professionals I talked to, I tried to gather as much information as I could about what they didn’t know and all that kind of stuff,” he said. For me, I simply determined that the potential risks of taking the vaccine outweighed the potential benefits.
“It’s obviously not an easy decision; there are a lot of things going on. The last thing I want to do is affect the team. But I felt that the risks outweighed the benefits for me, and (I) Trying to make the best medical decision for myself.”
Goldschmidt did not elaborate on the “potential risks”.
Arenado told The Athletic he was hoping Canada would relax its rules.
“It’s my own personal reasons. I really don’t want to go into too much detail about it. It’s unfortunate because I don’t want to miss the Games, especially when I’m healthy. I expected Canada was going to turn,” They said.
Under the league’s collective bargaining rules, all three players will forfeit pay and Major League service time. Arenado would miss $384,416, Goldschmidt would drop $241,758 and Romine would surrender $10,989.
As of Monday, the Cardinals are 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers National League Central Lead,
The Associated Press contributed to this report.