Toronto Blue Jays' Ryu Hyun-jin Stuck in U.S. as Canada Bans Entry Amid Coronavirus

  • By Chang Min-seok

    March 18, 2020 10:48

    Ryu Hyun-jin /Yonhap

    Ryu Hyun-jin of the Toronto Blue Jays has been stranded in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Ryu, currently in Dunedin, Florida for spring training, is unable to travel to his club's home city due to Canada's entry restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.

    Canada on Monday announced an entry ban to the country on travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans.

    Ryu has been gearing up to make his regular season debut with his new club, which he joined after playing seven seasons for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He started two pre-season games and gave up a run while pitching 6 1/3 innings.

    But the remaining pre-season games have been canceled and the regular season has been pushed back indefinitely as the coronavirus continues to spread in North America.

    His agency said, "Ryu has already prepared a residence in Toronto, but he will have to stay in the U.S. for now. We plan to discuss his schedule with the club."

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