The Phillies have won seven of their last 10 games heading into the All-Star break to get back to .500, but they now have a new concern on their hands: COVID-19.
According to Matt Gelb of The Athletic, the Phillies are having an issue with players not getting vaccinated.
"Team officials will not divulge how many players aren’t vaccinated," Gelb wrote for TheAthletic.com. "It is a meaningful number, to the point that months ago, the Phillies were certain they would never reach the 85 percent threshold. The clubhouse’s contentious relationship with the vaccine is driven by a handful of influential players who have voiced opposition to it. Some of them have already contracted COVID-19 and consider the antibodies as enough protection, although the CDC recommends people who’ve had the virus still be vaccinated. Other Phillies players have questioned whether injuries they’ve suffered were a result of vaccine side effects."
Four Phillies players were added to the COVID-related IL on Sunday—starting pitcher Aaron Nola, third baseman Alec Bohm, right-hander Connor Brogdon and left-hander Bailey Falter.
The Phillies, at 44-44, are now just 3.5 games back of the Mets in the NL East. They're off until Friday, when they'll begin a four-game set at home against the Marlins.