By Art Beitchman
Phillies Summer Camp got off to a shaky start with top of the rotation pitcher Aaron Nola delaying his arrival.
First rumored to have COVID, he was kept away for a few days after he came in contact with someone who tested positive last week.
“All my tests came back negative,” he said when he came back.
Luckily for the Phils, their workhorse No. 1 hurler was back throwing this week, looking ready to go for the opener at CBP on July 24th versus the Marlins.
The availability of free agent pick up Zack Wheeler, who signed a $118M deal this offseason, is a bit more complicated. Asked did he consider opting of the season, “yeah, definitely”.
Wheeler’s wife Dominique is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in three weeks, certainly anxious times with a pandemic floating around, the dangers not even close to being over!
Lots of Major League players have pregnant wives, including South Jersey native Mike Trout, who along with Wheeler is apprehensive moving forward with this truncated season.
But as of now they are slated to play in what will be the weirdest MLB season of all time.