Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado of the Cardinals talk about missed games due to COVID vaccination status

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St. Louis Cardinals players Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and Austin Romine will sit out the team’s upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays due to their coronavirus vaccination status.

All three are not vaccinated against COVID-19 and due to Canadian entry regulations, they will all miss the series. St. Louie will put them on the restricted list before the series.

Goldschmidt spoke about the decision in an interview with The Athletic on Sunday.

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St.  Nolan Arenado of the Louis Cardinals recovers a ball hit by Kyle Farmer of the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Sunday, July 24, 2022.

St. Nolan Arenado of the Louis Cardinals recovers a ball hit by Kyle Farmer of the Cincinnati Reds during the second inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Sunday, July 24, 2022.
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“I’ve talked to as many doctors and healthcare professionals as I can, trying to gather as much information as possible about what they know, what they don’t know and the like,” he said. “For me, I just decided that the potential risks of getting vaccinated outweighed the potential benefits.

“Obviously, this is not an easy decision, there is a lot going on. The last thing I want to do is what will affect the team. But I just felt like the risks to me outweigh the benefits and (I) am just trying to make the best medical decision for myself.”

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St.  Paul Goldschmidt of the Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Sunday, July 24, 2022.

St. Paul Goldschmidt of the Louis Cardinals hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Sunday, July 24, 2022.
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Goldschmidt did not elaborate on “potential risks.”

Arenado told The Athletic that he hopes Canada will relax its rules.

“These are my personal reasons why. I really don’t want to go into details about it. It’s unfortunate because I don’t want to miss games, especially when I’m healthy. I just hoped Canada was going to turn around,” he added.

All three players forfeit Major League wages and hours in accordance with the league’s collective bargaining rules. Arenado will miss out on $384,416, Goldschmidt will give up $241,758, and Romine will give up $10,989.

Paul Goldschmidt, No. 46 and Nolan Arenado, No. 28, St.  Louis Cardinals, wait for their hat and gloves at halftime against St. Louis.  Luis Cardinals in a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 2, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida.

Paul Goldschmidt, No. 46 and Nolan Arenado, No. 28, St. Louis Cardinals, wait for their hat and gloves at halftime against St. Louis. Luis Cardinals in a spring training game at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 2, 2021 in Jupiter, Florida.
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As of Monday, the Cardinals are 2.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. National League Central Leader.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.