The Philadelphia Phillies have placed five coaches and three players in COVID protocol.
Pitchers Jose Alvarado and Matt Moore along with infielder Ronald Torreyes were placed on the COVID injured list Monday. The Phillies recalled three players from the alternate site in Lehigh Valley to fill those roster spots. Pitchers Cristopher Sanchez and Damon Jones were added along with infielder Nick Maton — who’s making his MLB debut batting eighth and playing shortstop in place of Didi Gregorius, who was out with an inflamed right elbow Monday night. All were previously on the 40-man roster, though none have ever appeared in the majors.
Gary Jones, manager of the Phillies’ AAA team, was added to the coaching staff for Monday night’s game. He was slated to coach third base.
The five coaches in COVID protocol are third base coach Dusty Wathan, bullpen coach Dave Lundquist, staff assistant Bobby Meacham, first base/outfield coach Paco Figueroa, and hitting coach Joe Dillon.
Moore was scheduled to pitch on Friday against the Colorado Rockies. If he is not back from protocol by that time, Vince Velasquez will start, per manager Joe Girardi said.
Girardi spoke with reporters at about 4:15 P.M. on Monday. MLB rules prohibited him from talking about any specifics relating to the players and staffers who are in protocol. Girardi said that he had his second COVID vaccination shot earlier Monday.
Dave Dombrowski, the Phillies president of baseball operations, said that Monday night’s Phillies game against the San Francisco Giants will go on as scheduled.