Reigning AL Cy Young winner Ray won't play Blue Jays in Toronto


Seattle Mariners ace Robbie Ray won't play against the Blue Jays in Toronto during his team's three-game set beginning Monday, manager Scott Servais announced, according to the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish.

Servais didn't provide a reason for Ray's absence, and there are no plans for the reigning American League Cy Young winner to address the media, according to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith.

Servais said Sunday "a couple players" wouldn't make the trip to Toronto because of the Canadian government's vaccine mandate. One of those players is right-hander Drew Steckenrider, who was placed on the restricted list before Monday's game.

Ray remains on the Mariners' active roster.

Seattle signed the southpaw to a five-year, $115-million contract during the offseason after he turned around his career with the Blue Jays last season.

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