The Phillies will they be deprived of four key players on the opening day?


The spectrum of COVID-19 will weigh on the entire season of 60 games of major League baseball, which is expected to begin in three weeks.

Heck, he already weighs on the training camp of the Phillies.

The Phils will begin officially their training period of three weeks Friday. They will use the park Citizens Bank and fields on the other side of the street to the park, FDR.

The Phils have compiled a list of 54 men to the camp – it can reach 60 – but at least four players will not be there. The second player base Scott Kingery and pitchers Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Tommy Hunter have all been placed on the injured list for 10 days, retroactive to Tuesday, and will not be eligible to return before the end of next week at the earliest.

No reason or injury was not given to place any of the four players on the IL – related injuries in baseball are generally disclosed – and it is essentially the confirmation that the four have to deal with something in connection with COVID-19 – either test positive, symptoms of the virus, or possibly a human contact with a person already infected.

“What I can tell you is that they are on the injured list, and that’s about all I can tell you,” said manager Joe Girardi on Thursday after-noon. “MLB has given the protocols on how to handle it. ”

For reasons of medical confidentiality, it is forbidden for teams to speak specifically of the case COVID-19.

But Girardi was able to answer questions related to the baseball player in question. Of particular relevance: these four players will they be ready for the opening of the season of 23 or 24 July?

“I don’t have a timetable for these players,” said Girardi. “I can’t really answer this question. As soon as I have an answer, I will give it unto you. ”

Therefore, it is at least a possibility that one or more of these players may not be ready for the first game?

“I think you need to consider all the possibilities,” said Girardi.

Another indication that Kingery, Suarez, Neris and Hunter are confronted with something in connection with COVID-19: Girardi said that no player has reported to camp with new injuries. The relievers Seranthony Dominguez and David Robertson are both on the injured list in 60 days with reported injuries to the elbow. Robertson has had an operation on Tommy John in August and is looking forward to come back this season, and Dominguez will be operated on Tommy John in the next few days. His elbow injury, suffered in June 2019, will eventually have an impact on three seasons.

It is very possible that Kingery, Neris, Suarez and Hunter are, at this moment, in perfect health. However, a player of the COVID-19 HE must undergo a negative test two times and pass a medical examination before they can return to the group. It may take some time and possibly prevent players to get enough reps in training camp to be deemed ready for opening day.

The possibility of not having Kingery, Neris, Suarez and Hunter at the beginning of the season is not negligible.

Kingery is the player’s second goal from the team.

Neris is the most close to the team.

Hunter is a man of installation experienced who takes the ball.

Suarez was a find from the end of the season in the pen of the levator in the last year and a candidate for the fifth position starter in march.

With an expanded list, the Phillies could plug in the second base of several ways if Kingery is not ready for the first game. Jean Segura could play there and the rookie Alec Bohm could take a look at the third – if the Phillies wanted to start his / her stopwatch of service on the day 1. Hold it back a week would allow the Phillies a year of extra control before that Bohm does not become a free player. agent.

The Phils also have a bunch of other players in the camp (Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Phil Gosselin, Logan Forsythe) who can play in second position.

The enclosure of the lifters would take a hit without three contributors provided, in particular, Neris, but the Phils have 29 other pitchers in camp, so there will be choice. In a season of 60 matches, each match is vital, every win and every loss is magnified and multiplied. This is not necessarily the time to start experimenting, but if Girardi was willing to do it… could it be worth it to see what it looks like Vince Velasquez more closely if Neris lack of time?

Time will tell how long Kingery, Neris, Suarez and Hunter will be absent.

And do not think that there will be more players showing up with trips mysterious and unexplained on the injured list.

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