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The Phillies head to Toronto without JT Realmuto, who won’t let Canada tell him what to do.

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ST. LOUIS. Aaron Nola and JT Realmuto made up the Phillies’ starting battery in a 6-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night at Bush Stadium.

Earlier in the day, the two men made the news when it was announced they would not be accompanying their teammates to Toronto for the two-game series starting Tuesday night.

Canada requires a COVID-19 vaccination for entry.

None of the players are vaccinated and have no regrets.

“I just didn’t want to do it,” Nola explained the lack of a vaccine.

Realmuto expanded on the topic a bit.

“I’m a healthy 31-year-old professional athlete and I just didn’t feel like I needed it,” he said. “I had COVID a couple of times with ultra-mild symptoms when it first appeared. When it came time to decide if I needed a vaccine or not, I talked to the doctors I knew, told them my story, and decided that I didn’t think I needed it.

“I wasn’t going to take it just because I was told, basically.”

Realmuto, Nola, Alec Bohm and Kyle Gibson are also not vaccinated. Bohm may escape the banned list after spraining his left ring finger on Monday night. Instead, he may end up on the injured list.

Players on the restricted list do not receive a salary. Realmuto will lose more than $262,000 – more than a quarter of a million dollars – due to being banned from traveling to Toronto.

“What is money if I don’t let Canada tell me what I do and don’t put into my body?” Realmuto said. “For little money, it’s not worth it.”

Reserve catcher Garrett Stubbs is expected to start in Toronto on Tuesday night, while Realmuto, Nola and Gibson travel to Miami, where the Phillies play Friday night. Realmuto, who had played in Miami before coming to Philadelphia, arranged to practice at a baseball stadium in the area.

The unwaxed Phillies have the support of their teammates. Kyle Schwarber was quite vocal about this earlier on Monday.

“This is an extremely unfortunate situation,” Realmuto said. “Obviously my teammates know how I feel about them and how much I want to be with them, but unfortunately I can’t go.”

The Phils travel to Toronto in a depressed state, despite Bohm’s injury and the unvaccinated exiles.

The team kicked off its four-game trip to St. Louis with two wins on Friday and Saturday. Those wins – 1-0 and 2-0 – gave the Phils a two-game lead over the Cardinals and control of last place in the NL wildcards.

The Phillies’ losses on Sunday afternoon and Monday night put them back into a virtual draw with the Cards, although the Phillies have a percentage lead and, if necessary, a head-to-head tie-break after winning four of their seven meetings in tournament. season series.

“It’s definitely disappointing (not to win the series), especially after a 2-0 start,” Realmuto said. “Even after losing yesterday, we were confident that we would win the series tonight. It’s hard to lose twice in a row, but they have a good team and it will happen. We just need to turn the page and end this week. fell far behind before the All-Star break.”

Aside from agreeing to the split, the most disappointing element of the series was the Phillies’ attack. He generated just seven runs in four games.

The Phils failed to hold a 3–1 lead in the middle of Sunday’s innings and lost 4–3. Rhys Hoskins hit a first-inning home run on Monday night to give the Fils a 1-0 lead with Nola holding him to four. Nola shifted his focus from his fastball to breaking the ball in the fifth inning and gave up four hits and three runs.

In the seventh, Nola allowed Albert Pujol to make a lead double. Corey Dickerson followed with a two-way homer.

Pujol’s double was the 1,378th off-base hit of his career, placing him in third place in history, ahead of legend Cardinal Stan Musial.

Nola is 5-7 with a 3.35 ERA. He will have one more start before the All-Star break this weekend in Miami.


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