10 Kansas City Royals players are reportedly ineligible to play in Toronto due to being unvaccinated against Covid-19

    The Kansas City Royals come off the field after winning a MLB game against the Detroit Tigers on July 13, 2022, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

    (CNN)Ten Kansas City Royals players have been placed on the restricted list and will be ineligible to play in the team's four-game series this week against the Toronto Blue Jays, team manager Mike Matheny said on Wednesday.

    All 10 are unvaccinated against Covid-19 and ineligible to play in Canada because of the country's travel restrictions, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CNN.
      Matheny said that the decision to vaccinate is an "individual choice."
        "The organization has done a real good job of bringing in professionals and experts to just talk guys through tough conversations and put it in their hands to make a decision that they believe is best for them and their family," he said after the team's 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Kansas City on Wednesday.
        Seven of the players who spoke with reporters following Wednesday's game cited their personal choice in the matter and said they had the support of the clubhouse, including vaccinated teammates, according to MLB.com.
        "It was a personal decision, and I'm going to leave it at that," said Andrew Benintendi, the team's lone All-Star representative this season.
          "I'm not against vaccines, so it's just a personal preference," said Hunter Dozier. "I'm not judging anyone who wanted to get it or who didn't want to get it."
          Along with the players, Matheny said a few staff members will also not be traveling to Canada.
          Because of the current restrictions in place in Canada, MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed that players who cannot enter the country due to their vaccination status will go on the restricted list without salary or service time.
          Prior to the 10 Royals players being placed on the restricted list, the most missing from any US-based team playing in Toronto was four players,