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MLB: Phillies put 2 pitchers on COVID list before first pitch

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The Philadelphia Phillies put two relievers, including rookie Bailey Falter, on the COVID list less than an hour before first pitch against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

JD Hammer was the other reliever put on the list while the team took batting practice.

The move came hours after the Phillies put starting pitcher Zach Eflin on the 10-day injured list with tendinitis in his right knee.

It also forced the Phillies to scramble to fill out their roster, sending for reliever Mauricio Llovera and outfielder Mickey Moniak from Triple-A Allentown.

It’s the second stint in nine days that Falter has been placed on the list. He was deemed a close contact to Alec Bohm, who tested positive for COVID-19.

The Phillies got back Aaron Nola after he was scratched from his last start for coming into contact with Bohm. Nola started Tuesday night.

The Phillies are one of seven major league teams that have failed to reach the 85 percent vaccination threshold of Tier 1 players, coaches and staff.

Falter is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in nine appearances this season. The lefty has struck out 21 in 18.0 innings.

Left-handed pitcher Cristopher Sanchez took Eflin’s spot on the roster.

Eflin is 4-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 18 starts this season. He was scheduled to pitch Wednesday.

Hammer has appeared in just two games this season, allowing no runs and a hit with a walk and three strikeouts in two innings.

–Field Level Media

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