By Peter Marx
The Phillies made several roster moves ahead of last night’s series opener in Toronto.
Just like Kyrie Irving, who couldn’t play home games for the Nets for most of last season because he wouldn’t get a COVID shot, these guys are selfish losers!
Since unvaccinated players aren’t eligible to cross the Canada-U.S. border, each new home series for the Blue Jays leads to a handful of players on the opposing team landing on the restricted list instead of making the trip.
The Phils have four players not with the team:
Catcher J.T. Realmuto, infielder Alec Bohm, right-handers Kyle Gibson and Aaron Nola have all been placed on the restricted list.
To fill two of those roster spots, catcher Rafael Marchan has been recalled, while right-hander Nick Duron has had his contract selected. Both Marchan and Duron were identified as “substitute players,” meaning they can be returned to the minors without being exposed to waivers.