Right hands Aaron Nola, outfielder Adam Haseleyand the toolman Christian Bethancourt has been placed on Phillies coronavirus list, according to Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The team has not yet published the rankings and is not required to state the reason for each player’s IL stint unless the players have been granted permission.
Placing on the COVID-19 IL does not necessarily mean that a player has the virus, as it may be that some or all of the trios only have symptoms, or come in contact with someone who was positive for coronavirus. None of the three players have reported to Phillies Summer Camp, as manager Joe Girardi said Haseley was gone “because of a medical condition, And that in Nola̵
Nola, Haseley and Bethancourt join Scott Kingery, Hector Neris, Tommy Hunter, also Ranger Suarez on Philadelphia’s already worryingly large COVID-19 damaged list. It is not known if any of the players were among the dozens of positive tests by players and staff that stemmed from an outbreak at the Phillies’ Spring Training facility in Clearwater, but the Phils have really been the toughest team of the virus to date. A positive test results in a two-week quarantine, and the player must be symptom-free and have two negative tests before returning to the field, so it is possible that the Phillies could miss a significant portion of their regular roster even if some of those seven really have the virus .
Nola is Philadelphia’s projected opening day starter, while Haseley was penciled in for at least part of the midfield’s duties. Since Kingery was expected to cover the rest of the midfield’s playing time, the Phils could be very short-handed in the middle if both Hasley and Kingery are out of action.