Phillies call up Rafael Marchan, Nick Duron as substitutes for unvaccinated players in Toronto

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The Phillies, as expected, placed four players on the restricted list Tuesday afternoon prior to their series opener against the Blue Jays: J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson.

Those four unvaccinated players were unable to travel to Toronto with the Phillies because of Canada’s COVID vaccine requirement. 

The Phillies are not able to replace Nola because he started Monday in St. Louis and was not scheduled to pitch in the series. They will be able to replace Gibson for Wednesday’s game but not for Tuesday’s. 

The two moves they did make Tuesday were recalling catcher Rafael Marchan and selecting the contract of right-handed reliever Nick Duron from Triple A Lehigh Valley.

Marchan and Duron are classified as “substitute players” for those on the restricted list, so the Phillies do not risk losing either player when they return them to the minors. Substitute players are not subject to waivers or options.

The 23-year-old Marchan will be the backup catcher in Toronto to Garrett Stubbs, who started Tuesday’s game and batted ninth. Marchan has been more productive offensively at Triple A this season, hitting .248/.333/.429. He hit .267 in 65 plate appearances with the Phillies in 2020 and ’21.

Duron, 26, has appeared in 30 games for the IronPigs this season, posting a 2.57 ERA despite a 1.61 WHIP. He’s struck out 37 batters in 28 innings.

The Phillies are going with a bullpen game Tuesday, starting Andrew Bellatti opposite Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios.

Two of the Phils’ injured infielders, Nick Maton (shoulder) and Johan Camargo (knee), are closer to returning. Maton had his rehab assignment transferred to Lehigh Valley and Camargo’s was transferred to Reading.

 

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