Phillies place four on injured list without specifying reason

According to the transactions list on the Phillies’ official website, the team has placed four players on the 10-day injured list.

The players are Scott Kingery, Ranger Suarez, Tommy Hunter and Hector Neris.

The moves come as the team is about to officially open a three-week training period Friday in preparation of a shortened 60-game season.

No official reason was offered for the placements on the injured list and there have been no reports of any of the four players suffering an injury during pre-camp workouts. It is possible that one or all of the players is on the new COVID-19 injury list. Major League Baseball is not mandatory to identify a reason for players going on the injured list if it is indeed for COVID-19.

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Being placed on the COVID-19 IL does not necessarily mean that a player has tested positive for the virus. A player can be placed on that list for showing symptoms of having the virus or for coming in contact with someone who has the virus.

A player must test negative twice before he can be reinstated to the roster.

All four of the assignments to the IL have been backdated to June 30, meaning the players will be eligible to return a week from Friday. That would give all four two weeks to get ready for the season opener.

Kingery projects as the Phillies’ starting second baseman. Neris is the team’s closer. Hunter and Suarez are relievers, though Suarez had been an aspirant for the fifth starter’s job when camp shut down in March.

Hunter, Suarez and Neris had all been working out in latest weeks at the Phillies’ spring training facility in Clearwater, where there was a recent outbreak of COVID-19.

The Phillies had seven players test positive for COVID-19 last month, but manager Joe Girardi couldn’t answer whether any of the players were among them because of medical privacy.

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