The Philadelphia Phillies announced that four of their players have been added to the Covid injury list. The announcement came early in the morning on Sunday just hours before the Phillies afternoon game with the Boston Red Sox.
MLB News: The Players
Alec Bohm was the first player named to the Covid list. Bohm left the game on Saturday in the eighth inning. After the game, Phillies manager Joe Girardi confirmed that it was due to the COVID protocols. Before Bohm left the game he went two for three with a home run and two runs batted in. Bohm’s home run would propel the Phillies offense to score eight runs in the eighth inning. This season Bohm has an average of .243 with 73 hits 41 RBI and six home runs.
The second player added to the COVID 19 list was Aaron Nola. Nola was scheduled to start the final game of the series against the Red Sox on Sunday. This is the first start Nola has missed this season. So far this season, Nola has a record of 6-5 as a starter with an earned run average of 4.53 and 126 strikeouts. With Nola’s absence, the Phillies will use the bullpen for their game on Sunday against the Sox.
The third player and second pitcher added to the Covid list is Bailey Falter. Falter is 1-0 on the season and has an ERA of 4.58 and 20 strikeouts in relief efforts for the team.
The final player added to the Covid list is Connor Brogdon. Brogdon has a record of 5-2 this year in his second season with the Phillies. Brogdon has an ERA of 4.19 and 30 strikeouts in 37 games played with the team.
MLB News: Covid Protocols
The Phillies are not the only team to have issues related to covid cases are rising on other teams.
With the release of Covid vaccines, MLB relaxed the safety protocols for vaccinated players. Fully vaccinated players and staff do not have to wear a mask in the dugout, bullpen, or clubhouse. Fully vaccinated players and staff are also allowed to eat at restaurants and attend other events without wearing a mask. These restrictions were changed for vaccinated players, coaches, and staff in June.
These protocols were put in place once the teams reached 85 percent vaccination rates among personnel that is considered tier 1 individuals. This includes players managers, players, and coaches. The Phillies reached the 85 percent threshold in June and have been playing under the eased restriction. 22 of 30 MLB teams have reached that mark this season.
MLB News: Next Steps
The duration of the effected players’ injured list status is unclear, but the timing could not be better, as a portion of the recovery will be during the all-star break. This is important for players like Nola and Bohm, who have had a huge impact on the team’s success so far this season. Nola is still expected to make his next scheduled start on Tuesday. As for Bohm, he has not returned and is expected to miss 10 days at least.
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