TORONTO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox put right-handers Dylan Cease and Kendall Graveman on the restricted list on Monday ahead of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays that begins Tuesday night.
The team also waived left-hander Dallas Keuchel, who was slated for assignment last week, and recalled right-hander Kyle Crick from Triple-A Charlotte.
The Canadian government requires a person to have received a second dose of the vaccine – or a dose from Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days before entering the country.
Players who are on the shortlist because they are not vaccinated against COVID-19 do not get paid and do not accrue major league service time, according to a March agreement between Major League Baseball and the players association.
Cease (4-2) started Sunday against the Cubs and would not have faced Toronto in the upcoming series. Under the agreement, however, a pitcher who has pitched at least four consecutive innings in a game cannot be replaced on the active roster until three days have passed.
Graveman made two saves on five occasions and struck out 19 in 22 2-3 innings in 21 appearances. Drafted by Toronto in 2013, he made his debut for the Blue Jays in 2014 before being traded to Oakland in the offseason as part of the deal that sent Josh Donaldson up north.
Keuchel, 34, was 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts before being nominated for an assignment Saturday. Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award with Houston in 2015 and is 101-87 with a 3.86 ERA in 262 career games, including 251 starts.
The left-handed veteran signed a three-year, $55.5 million contract with the White Sox in December 2019. He owes $14,456,044 for the remainder of his contract – $12,956,044 in salary for the remainder of this season , plus a $1.5 million buyout of his 2023 contract option.
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