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MLB: Phillies reinstate LHP Bailey Falter from COVID IL

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The Philadelphia Phillies reinstated left-hander Bailey Falter from the COVID-related injured list on Friday.

The team also optioned left-hander Damon Jones to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and recalled outfielder Matt Vierling to serve as the 27th man for Friday’s doubleheader against the visiting Miami Marlins.

Falter, 24, was placed on the COVID-19 list on Sunday due to contact tracing but did not test positive. The rookie reliever is 1-0 with a 4.58 ERA in eight appearances this season.

Jones, 26, had been recalled from Lehigh Valley on Sunday after Falter and three other Phillies landed on the COVID IL. He has yet to make his MLB debut and is 0-2 with a 6.86 ERA in 15 relief appearances in Triple-A.

Vierling, 24, made his debut on June 19 and went 3-for-6 with a stolen base in five games. He is hitting .282 with six homers and 23 RBIs in 43 games between Lehigh Valley and Double-A Reading in 2021.

–Field Level Media

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