J.T. Realmuto’s pay will be reduced by more than a quarter-million dollars. His team, which is clinging to a percentage-point lead for the final National League playoff berth with a multi-team battle looming in the months ahead, will be without him and three of his teammates for two games against a formidable opponent.

But the Philadelphia Phillies catcher is refusing to give up his right to refuse a vaccine that has saved millions of lives.

Realmuto’s tenacity once drove him to catch 82 percent of his team’s games in 2019, but his refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccination will keep him out of two games against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday and Wednesday. Realmuto, third baseman Alec Bohm, and starting pitchers Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson will all be placed on the restricted list before the team travels to Toronto to face the Blue Jays, who are fully vaccinated because the Canadian government requires it for citizens leaving and returning to the country.

It’s been a cost-benefit analysis for vaccine-hesitant major league players on teams based in the United States: Receive the vaccine or forfeit significant pay and two to five games to ensure their scientific interpretation is respected.

The consequences in Realmuto’s case are both personal and widespread: Realmuto will be docked $260,000 of his $24 million salary this season for missing the two games. In what should be a six-team shootout for three berths in the second half, the Phillies have a half-game lead over St. Louis for the third and final NL wild-card spot. And they’re already missing reigning MVP Bryce Harper from an inconsistent lineup.

“When it came time to decide whether I needed the vaccine or not, I talked with a couple doctors I knew, told them my story, and really decided I didn’t need it,” Realmuto said after the Phillies’ loss in St. Louis on Monday night. “I wasn’t going to take it just because it was told to me.” I’m not going to let Canada tell me what I should and shouldn’t put in my body for a few dollars. It’s just not worth it. “While the coronavirus shut down the industry and forced teams to play a shortened, precarious 60-game season in 2020, the Phillies’ battle with it has continued, thanks in part to vaccine hesitancy.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, more than half of the club is expected to be unvaccinated by 2021. Unvaccinated Bohm was placed on the COVID IL during a critical stretch of the season, and the team’s pitching ranks were thinned when pitcher Bailey Falter, who was unvaccinated, was expected to step into the rotation but instead spent 12 days in isolation battling COVID-19 and losing eight pounds.

This year, Falter was optioned to the minor leagues prior to the club’s trip to Toronto; other absences on the Toronto trip, according to The Athletic, were mitigated through options and injuries.

Realmuto and a slew of Phillies — four missing this trip, the others dealt with before they became a problem — are presumably rooting for a few outcomes. Of course, a couple of Philadelphia victories in Toronto.

If they lose a game or two, they may have to wonder what if the Phillies miss out on a playoff spot. And any unvaccinated NL player must surely hope that the Blue Jays do not win the World Series, turning vaccination into a decision affecting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For the time being, nothing has compelled Realmuto to reconsider his position.

“My teammates understand how much I care about them and how badly I want to be out there with them,” Realmuto said on Monday. Realmuto and a slew of Phillies — four missing this trip, the others dealt with before they became a problem — are presumably rooting for a few outcomes. Of course, a couple of Philadelphia victories in Toronto.

If they lose a game or two, they may have to wonder what if the Phillies miss out on a playoff spot. And any unvaccinated NL player must surely hope that the Blue Jays do not win the World Series, turning vaccination into a decision affecting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For the time being, nothing has compelled Realmuto to reconsider his position.

“My teammates understand how much I care about them and how badly I want to be out there with them,” Realmuto said on Monday.