Cora: Sox will miss several unvaccinated players in Toronto | Health

By KEN POWTAK – Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Boston expects to be without several unvaccinated players for an upcoming series in Toronto.

Starting pitcher Tanner Houck told the Boston Globe on Sunday that he was not vaccinated for COVID-19 and would not pitch during the four-game series beginning Monday, April 25. He would have been in line to start Game 2.

To enter Canada, the Canadian government requires a person to have received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – or a dose from Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days prior to entry.

“I’m disappointed that I can’t make this start,” Houck said.

After an 8-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday, Cora was asked if he expected to miss any other players.

“Yeah,” Cora said. He was not asked a follow-up question and then ended the press conference.

Asked about Houck earlier, Cora said, “We knew that in advance, so we’ll plan accordingly.”

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“I think it’s a personal choice for everyone whether they get it or not,” Houck told The Globe.

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