Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado Discuss Decision to Miss Blue Jays Series

Isaiah De Los Santos
St. Louis Cardinals stars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado have opened up about missing the team's upcoming series in Toronto.
St. Louis Cardinals stars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado have opened up about missing the team's upcoming series in Toronto. / (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
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News broke this past weekend that St. Louis Cardinals stars Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado would miss the team's upcoming series against the Toronto Blue Jays due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19. Their vaccination status prevents them from entering the country, which is an obvious blow to St. Louis' lineup in the middle of a heated postseason race.

Now the MVP candidates have opened up about their decision and the fact they can't be with the team in Toronto.

Katie Woo of The Athletic talked to both Goldschmidt and Arenado about their vaccination choices. Goldschmidt believes there's "potential risks" of the vaccine and those don't "outweigh the potential benefits", yet he's also disappointed about letting the team down.

"It’s obviously not an easy decision; there’s a lot of stuff going on. The last thing I want to do is what’s going to affect the team."

Paul Goldschmidt

Arenado said he has personal reasons for not getting vaccinated. He also downplayed his and Goldschmidt's absence, saying they're not guaranteed to win on days when they are in the lineup.

"Me being able to go to Toronto, I don’t think it guarantees us anything. ... It doesn’t guarantee us a win. I understand that our chances are a lot higher when Goldy and I are in the lineup."

Nolan Arenado

Cardinals president John Mozeliak admitted to Woo that this has the chance to impact the clubhouse. He's hoping, though, this doesn't lead to "fracturing" the "positive" environment they have currently.

Catcher Austin Romine was also placed on the restricted list, and reliever Johan Ovidedo will be unable to travel as well due to an expire passport, meaning St. Louis will be without four regulars ahead of their series against the Blue Jays.

Luckily for the Cardinals, they're only set to play two games in Toronto, and this is their last time traveling north of the border before the playoffs.

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