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He added later: “This benefits the game. The more players and people within our universe we can get vaccinated, the more assurances that we have that our games are going to go off without a hitch for the entirety of the season, and the faster we get back to full houses at American Family Field.”
So far, the Los Angeles Angels and the Cardinals are among the few teams to say they have reached the 85 percent threshold. Before they opened the season, against the Reds, the Cardinals received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Cincinnati.
Scherzer, who sits on a high-ranking union committee, couldn’t wait for his turn. “I tend to follow the science,” he told reporters.
Other teams were optimistic they would reach the magic number. The Houston Astros, for example, made a pit stop in Texas after leaving spring training in Florida and before starting the regular season at Oakland to be vaccinated.
“I’m confident we’re going to be well past that 85 percent,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said. Boone, who was vaccinated during spring training, said players and members of their traveling party were offered their turn at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which coincided with a day off on Thursday in case of reactions.
(A few players in the league have missed time after their shots. Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela, for example, missed Friday’s game.)