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Blue Jays' Breyvic Valera placed on the COVID-19 related IL

Wed Sep 22 3:32pm ET

Toronto Blue Jays' Breyvic Valera watches his RBI double against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York. The Blue Jays won 6-4. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla (AP) Toronto Blue Jays infielder Breyvic Valera was placed on the COVID-19 related IL and infielder Kevin Smith was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before Wednesday's game at AL East-leading Tampa Bay.

The moves were made to allow for Valera to have contact tracing after a family member tested positive.

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Valera has tested negative.

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